Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag
December 2, 1802 - Melancthon Smith Wade, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1868)
December 2, 1806 - Thomas Jefferson asks Congress to ban all slave importation on January 1, 1808, the earliest date allowed in the U. S. Constitution.
December 2, 1821 - Rufus Barringer, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Cabarrus County, North Carolina (d. 1895)
December 2, 1837 - Charles Garrison Harker, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Swedesboro, New Jersey (d. 1864)
December 2, 1845 - Manifest Destiny: US President James K. Polk announces to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West
December 2, 1857 - "Free-staters" take control of the Kansas legislature following their election in October.
December 2, 1859 - John Brown is hung in Charleston, Virginia (present-day West Virginia) for the raid on Harper's Ferry.
December 2, 1861 - Brig. Gen. James William Denver, USA, is assigned to the command of all troops in the state of Kansas.
December 2, 1861 - Skirmish at Annandale, VA, with Brig. Gen. Louis Blenker, USA.
December 2, 1862 - William Thompson Martin, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
December 2, 1862 - Skirmish on the Blackwater, near Franklin, VA.
December 2, 1862 - Federal reconnaissance from Bolivar Heights to Winchester, VA, and skirmishes at Charlestown, WV, and Berryville, VA, etc. (Dec 2-6)
December 2, 1862 - The capture of Union pickets near Dumfries, VA.
December 2, 1862 - Skirmish at Leeds' Ferry, Rappahannock River, VA, as the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac prepare to square off.
December 2, 1863 - Meade withdraws to north of the Rapidan, ending the brief Mine Run Campaign in Virginia.
December 2, 1863 - Federal Scout from Waldron, AR, to Mount Ida, Caddo Gap, and Dallas, MO. (Dec 2-7)
December 2, 1863 - Lieut. Gen. William J. Hardee, CSA, supersedes Gen. Braxton Bragg, CSA, in the command of the Army of Tennessee, at Dalton, GA, after Gen. Bragg asks President Jefferson Davis to be relieved of command following the Confederate setbacks in the Tennessee arena of warfare.
December 2, 1863 - Skirmish at Philadelphia, TN.
December 2, 1863 - The Federal descent on Salsbury, TN, on the Memphis and Charleston Railroad.
December 2, 1863 - Action at Walker's Ford, Clinch River, TN, the Knoxville, TN, Campaign.
December 2, 1864 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.
December 2, 1864 - Brig. Gen. Archibald Gracie, Jr., CSA, is mortally wounded during the siege of Petersburg, VA, instantly killed by a Federal artillery shell, the day after his 32nd birthday, as he observed the enemy through his telescope.
December 2, 1864 - Maj. Gen. Sterling Price's, CSA, command reaches Laynesport, AR, ending his latest and last expedition into Missouri.
December 2, 1864 - Skirmish at Buck Head Creek, GA, the "March to the Sea," Campaign by Maj. Gen. Wm. Sherman.
December 2, 1864 - Skirmish at Rocky Creek Church, GA, the "March to the Sea," Campaign by Maj. Gen. Wm. Sherman.
December 2, 1864 - Maj. Gen. Greenville M. Dodge, USA, is appointed to the command of the Dept. of the Missouri, and vice Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans, USA.
December 2, 1864 - Confederate operations against the stockades and block-houses on the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad, as Lieut. Gen. John Bell Hood, CSA, approaches the Union defensive lines of Nashville, TN. (Dec 2-4)
December 2, 1864 - Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Wood, USA, assumes the command of the 4th US Army Corps, because vice Maj. Gen. David S. Stanley, USA, is wounded at the battle of Franklin, TN.
December 2, 1865 - Alabama ratifies the 13th Amendment, the 27th state to do so.
December 2, 1890 - Cadmus M. Wilcox, American Major General (Confederate Army - American Civil War), dies at 66 in Washington,DC.