December 10 In Civil War History

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On this day in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag

December 10, 1805 - William Lloyd Garrison, American abolitionist publisher (The Liberator), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1879)

December 10, 1813 - Zachariah Chandler, American merchant and politician (a founder of the Republican Party), born in Bedford, New Hampshire (d. 1879)

December 10, 1817 - Mississippi admitted as 20th state of the Union.

December 10, 1820 - Bvt. Major General David Allen Russell, United States Army officer (Union), born in Salem, New York (d. 1864)

December 10, 1822 - Thomas Casimer Devin, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1878)

December 10, 1832 - Andrew Jackson issues a proclamation calling the South Carolina nullification convention "impractical absurdity."

December 10, 1850 - Delegates to a convention in Milledgeville issue the "Georgia Platform."

December 10, 1861 - John T. Ford leases the First Baptist Church on 10th St. in Washington and turns it into a theater. Built in 1833, the church had been vacant since 1859, when the church merged with the nearby Fourth Baptist Church.

December 10, 1861 - Kentucky is "admitted" as the 13th State of the Confederacy.

December 10, 1861 - The House Judiciary Committee reports back the Baltimore MD Police Commissioners' memorial, and asks to be discharged from its further consideration, MD.

December 10, 1862 - U. S. House passes a bill allowing the creation of the state of West Virginia.

December 10, 1862 - Skirmish at Desert Station, LA.

December 10, 1862 - Confederate attack on and partial burning of, Plymouth, NC, with the US ironclad, Southfield, disabled in the attack.

December 10, 1862 - Port Royal, near and west of Fredericksburg, VA, is attacked by Union gunboats.

December 10, 1862 - Maj. Gen. Samuel Jones, CSA, assumes the command of the Confederate Western Dept. of Virginia.

December 10, 1863 - The Federal descent upon the Confederate Salt-Works in Choctawhatchie Bay, FL. (Dec 10-19)

December 10, 1863 - Skirmish at Hertford, NC.

December 10, 1863 - Skirmish at Gatlinburg, TN, as Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet, CSA, concentrates his forces around Greeneville, TN, the Knoxville, TN, Campaign.

December 10, 1863 - Skirmish at Long Ford, TN, the Knoxville, TN, Campaign.

December 10, 1863 - Federal scout from Memphis, TN, to 1.5 miles east of Buntyn Station, where couple Rebels cutting the telegraph wires manage to escape.

December 10, 1863 - Skirmish at Morristown, TN, the Knoxville, TN, Campaign.

December 10, 1863 - Affair at Russellville, TN, the Knoxville, TN, Campaign.

December 10, 1863 - Brig. Gen. William Wells', USA, command advances from Harper's Ferry, WV, in conjunction with Brig. Gen. William W. Averell, USA.

December 10, 1864 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.

December 10, 1864 - Brig. Gen. John Carpenter Carter, CSA, dies from wounds he received at the Battle of Franklin, TN, on Nov 30.

December 10, 1864 - Federal expedition against Tonto Apache Indians in Central Arizona, with skirmish (Dec 15) on Hassayampa Creek, where the Yankees kill 11 of 15 Apache warriors, the other 4 fleeing. The Federals then burn their camp. (Dec 10-23)

December 10, 1864 - Skirmish near Savannah, GA, as Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA, opts not to attack the fortified Confederate positions under Lieut. Gen. William Hardee, CSA, but instead, to lay siege to the city.

December 10, 1864 - The capture and burning of the Confederate steamer, Ida, on the Savannah, River, GA, the "March to the Sea," Campaign by Maj. Gen. Wm Sherman.

December 10, 1864 - Skirmish near Springfield, GA, the "March to the Sea," Campaign by Maj. Gen. Wm Sherman.

December 10, 1864 - Federal scout from Core Creek to Southwest Creek, NC, and skirmishes, with the dismounted Confederates. (Dec 10-15)

December 10, 1864 - Federal expedition from East Tennessee into Southwestern Virginia, to destroy Confederate salt works and supplies, by Maj. Gen. George Stoneman, USA. (Dec 10-29)

December 10, 1864 - Brig. Gen. Alvan C. Gillem's, USA, command starts from Knoxville, TN, part of Maj. Gen. George Stoneman's forces.

December 10, 1864 - Skirmish in front of Fort Holly, near Petersburg, VA, as Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, keeps mounting pressure on the Confederate defensive lines. (Dec 9-10)
 
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