06/21, June 21st 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 21, 1848 - The Ohio Mass Free Territory Convention dissolves the Liberty Party and agrees to join a Freesoil Convention in Buffalo.

June 21, 1861 - North Carolina Secession Convention votes to unfurl a new flag, a blue field with red and white bars with an insignia and two dates: May 20th, 1775 (Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence) and May 20th, 1861.

June 21, 1862 - Ulysses S. Grant ordered to Memphis to become district commander.

June 21, 1862 - Federal expedition to Hernando, MS, with skirmish at Coldwater Station, MS, as the Union attempt to ambush M. Jeff Thompson's Confederate guerrillas, meets with limited success.

June 21, 1862 - Engagement at Simmons' Bluff, SC, with Federal gunboats.

June 21, 1862 - Skirmish at Rankin's Ferry, near Jasper, TN.

June 21, 1862 - Skirmish at Battle Creek, TN.

June 21, 1862 - The Confederate Dept. of North Carolina is extended to the south bank of the James River, VA.

June 21, 1862 - Skirmish near Fair Oaks Station, VA.

June 21, 1863 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.

June 21, 1863 - The siege of Port Hudson is ongoing.

June 21, 1863 - Skirmish at Brashear City, LA.

June 21, 1863 - Skirmish at Frederick, MD, with Gen. Robert E. Lee's Confederate advance.

June 21, 1863 - Skirmish on the Helena Road, MS.

June 21, 1863 - Skirmish at Hudsonville, MS.

June 21, 1863 - Affair on Dixon's Island, SC, with a Confederate movement on the Union cavalry pickets, who retire when fired upon.

June 21, 1863 - Skirmish at Powder Springs Gap, TN, with Col. William Sanders, USA.

June 21, 1863 - Skirmish near Gainesville, VA.

June 21, 1863 - Skirmishes at and about Thoroughfare Gap and Hay Market, VA. with Gen. Robert E. Lee's Confederate advance. (Jun 21-25)

June 21, 1863 - Engagement at Upperville, VA, with Robert E. Lee's, CSA advance, and Brig. Gen. H. Judson Kilpatrick, USA, Cavalry.

June 21, 1864 - June 22, 1864 - Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road. On June 21, the Union II Corps, supported by the VI Corps, attempted to cut the Weldon Railroad, one of the major supply lines into Petersburg. The movement was preceded by Wilson’s cavalry division which began destroying tracks. On June 22, troops from Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill’s corps led by Brig. Gen. William Mahone counterattacked, forcing the II Corps away from the railroad to positions on the Jerusalem Plank Road. Although the Federals were driven from their advanced positions, they were able to extend their siege lines farther to the west.

June 21, 1864 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.

June 21, 1864 - Skirmish in Decatur County, TN.

June 21, 1864 - Action at Hewlett's Bluff, VA, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.

June 21, 1864 - President Abraham Lincoln tours the Petersburg, VA, siege lines on horseback with Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA.

June 21, 1864 - Skirmishes at White House or Saint Peter's Church and Black Creek, or Tunstall's Station, VA, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.

June 21, 1864 - Confederate Secretary of the Treasury, Christopher G. Memminger, resigns due to criticism of his handling the Confederate Treasury, Richmond, VA.

June 21, 1865 - Brig. Gen. James C. Veatch, USA, is assigned to the command of the Union forces in West Louisiana.