06/17, June 17th In Civil War History


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Mar 3, 2017
This date in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag

June 17, 1856 - June 19, 1856 - The first ever Republican National Convention nominates John C. Fremont for President.

June 17, 1861 - The following are appointed Confederate Brigadier Generals:
Barnard Elliott Bee, CSA
Richard Stoddert Ewell, CSA
William Joseph Hardee, CSA
Benjamin Huger, CSA
Thomas Jonathan Jackson, CSA
David Rumph Jones, CSA
James Longstreet, CSA
John Bankhead Magruder, CSA
John Clifford Pemberton, CSA
Henry Hopkins Sibley, CSA
Edmund Kirby Smith, CSA

June 17, 1861 - Frederick West Lander, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.

June 17, 1861 - Engagement at Booneville, MO, Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Lyon, USA, inflicting a Confederate defeat under Governor Claiborne Jackson.

June 17, 1861 - Jefferson City, MO, is controlled by Union forces under Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Lyon, USA.

June 17, 1861 - Affair at Conrad's Ferry, MD, with Brig. Gen. Charles P. Stone, USA.

June 17, 1861 = President Abraham Lincoln watches the new hot air balloon invention of Professor Thaddeus S. C. Lowe, as a potential military observation weapon.

June 17, 1861 - Skirmish near Vienna, VA, with Col. Maxcy Gregg, CSA, 1st S.C.

June 17, 1861 - Nathaniel Lyons captures Boonville, Missouri.

June 17, 1862 - Congress frees all slaves in territories of the United States

June 17, 1862 - Engagement at Saint Charles, White River, AR, with the US Gunboats: Conestoga, Lexington, Mound City, and St. Louis, the Mound City's boiler explodes, killing/wounding 100 men.

June 17, 1862 - Skirmish near Smithville, AR, killing a few bushwhackers.

June 17, 1862 - Skirmish at Pass Manchac, LA, where Union forces with the help of the Union gunboat, New London, attack the Confederate positions.

June 17, 1862 - Gen. Braxton Bragg, CSA, temporarily supersedes the ailing Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, CSA, in the command of Dept. No. 2, or the Western Dept., around Tupelo, MS.

June 17, 1862 - Skirmish at Eminence, MO.

June 17, 1862 - Skirmish near Warrensburg, MO, with Rebel bushwhackers.

June 17, 1862 - Maj. Gen. Thomas Jackson's CSA forces move from Weyer's Cave for the Virginia Peninsula, to assist Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA, and the Army of Northern Virginia's attempt to repulse the Army of the Potomac's advance on Richmond, VA, under Maj. Gen. George McClellan, USA.

June 17, 1862 - Maj. Gen. Charles Fremont, USA, resigns his position after refusing to serve under Maj. Gen. John Pope, USA, who Lincoln is bringing east to command the newly created Army of Virginia. Fremont is replaced by Maj. Gen. Franz Sigel, USA.

June 17, 1863 - The siege of Vicksburg is ongoing.

June 17, 1863 - The siege of Port Hudson is ongoing.

June 17, 1863 - The CSS Atlanta, an ironclad in Warsaw Inlet, engages the USS Weehawken and USS Nahant before surrendering.

June 17, 1863 - Brig. Gen. Isham Warren Garrott, CSA, is mortally wounded on the Vicksburg, MS, skirmish line while firing a rifle at the Federal troops.

June 17, 1863 - The capture of the Confederate Steamer, CSS Atlanta, by the US ironclads, Nahant, and the Weehawken, on the Wilmington River, Warsaw Sound, GA.

June 17, 1863 - Col. Hines' Confederate Cavalry raid into Indiana, crossing the Ohio River at Rome, IN, moving to Paoli, and retreating.

June 17, 1863 - Skirmishes at Catoctin Creek and Point of Rocks, MD, as Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA, moves into Maryland.

June 17, 1863 - The Confederate attack on Union transports on the Mississippi River, near Commerce, MS.

June 17, 1863 - Skirmish near Wesport, MO.

June 17, 1863 - Affair near Wellington, MO, with bushwhackers.

June 17, 1863 - Federal scout from Rocky Run to Dover and Core Creek, NC, with no confrontation with the Confederates. (Jun 17-18)

June 17, 1863 - Confederate operations on the Mississippi River, near Memphis, TN, and attack on transports there, with damage to the steamers, Golden Era and the Platte Valley. (Jun 17-18)

June 17, 1863 - Federal expedition from Pocahontas, TN, toward Pontotoc, MS. (Jun 17-22)

June 17, 1863 - Affair at Wartburg, near Montgomery, TN, with Col. Sanders, USA.

June 17, 1863 - Action at Aldie, VA with Brig. Gen. Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, USA.

June 17, 1863 - Skirmishes at and near Middleburg, VA. (Jun 17-18)

June 17, 1863 - Skirmish at Thoroughfare Gap, VA, with Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet, CSA.

June 17, 1864 - June 18, 1864 - Battle of Richmond Turnpike, Virginia - Petersburg campaign.

June 17, 1864 - June 18, 1864 - Battle of Lynchburg, Virginia.

June 17, 1864 - Skirmish on Monticello Road, near Pine Bluff, AR.

June 17, 1864 - Skirmish near Columbia, MO, with guerrillas.

June 17, 1864 - Skirmish on the Bermuda Hundred, VA, front, as Gen. Pierre G. T. Beauregard fends off the 2nd Corps under Maj. Gen. William Hancock, USA.

June 17, 1864 - Gen. Lee moves the Army of Northern Virginia into the Petersburg, VA defenses.

June 17, 1865 - Federal expedition from Denver, the Colorado Territory, to Fort Halleck, the Dakota Territory. (Jun 17- 19)

June 17, 1865 - Skirmish with Indians on Dead Man's Fork, the Dakota Territory.

June 17, 1865 - Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, USA, assumes the command of all troops within the State of Texas.

June 17, 1865 - Southern fire-eater Edmund Ruffin dies by his own hand at his plantation Redmoor, Amelia County, Virginia