Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag
December 6, 1809 - Stephen Thomas, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Bethel, Vermont (d. 1903)
December 6, 1816 - Henry Eustace McCulloch, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Rutherford County, Tennessee (d. 1895)
December 6, 1831 - Joshua Woodrow Sill, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 1862)
December 6, 1833 - John S. Mosby, Confederate army cavalry battalion commander in the American Civil War, born in Powhatan County, Virginia (d. 1916)
December 6, 1836 - [circa] Casting operations begin at Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond, VA.
December 6, 1837 - Robert E. Lee submits a plan to save the port of St. Louis, Missouri.
December 6, 1849 - Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland for the 2nd and final time
December 6, 1861 - Federal expedition to Port Royal Ferry and Beaufort, SC. (Dec 6-7)
December 6, 1861 - The Honorable William G. Brownlow is arrested at Knoxville, TN, on a civil warrant for treason.
December 6, 1861 - Federal expedition to Gunnell's Farm, near Dranesville, VA, by a foraging raid by Brig. Gen. George Gordon Meade, USA.
December 6, 1862 - US President Abraham Lincoln orders hanging of 39 Santee Sioux Indians.
December 6, 1862 - Skirmish at Parkesville, MO.
December 6, 1862 - Skirmish near Kimbrough's Mill, Mill Creek, TN, as Brig. Gen. Joseph Wheeler, CSA, attacks and captures a portion of the Federal forage train.
December 6, 1863 - William Tecumseh Sherman enters Knoxville, Tennessee, formally ending the siege.
December 6, 1863 - A strong wave swamps and sinks the blockading Union ironclad, the Weehawken, off Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC.
December 6, 1863 - Skirmish at Clinch Mountain, TN, the Knoxville, TN, Campaign.
December 6, 1863 - Affair near Fayetteville, TN.
December 6, 1863 - Skirmish at Cheat River, WV.
December 6, 1864 - Salmon P. Chase named Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
December 6, 1864 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.
December 6, 1864 - Battle of Stoney Creek, VA.
December 6, 1864 - Patrick Henry Jones, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
December 6, 1864 - Federal expedition from Brownsville to Des Arc, with skirmish near Des Arc, AR.
December 6, 1864 - Skirmish at Lewisburg, AR.
December 6, 1864 - Federal demonstrations against the Charleston and Savannah Railroad, SC, Maj. Gen. Samuel Jones, CSA, commanding the District of South Carolina, defending. The Rebs lose 52 men. (Dec 6-9)
December 6, 1864 - Action at Bell's Mills, TN, between the Union naval flotilla comprised of the Union gunboat, USS Neosho, and Federal steamers, USS Fairplay, USS Moose and the USS Silver Lake, and Confederate shore batteries, with little damage to the Union vessels.
December 6, 1864 - Brig. Gen. Hylan Benton Lyon's, CSA, Confederate Raid from Paris, TN, to Hopkinsville, KY, etc., and skirmishes. Lyon has under his command 800 poorly equipped, undisciplined new recruits, many without shoes and proper clothing. Upon learning of Lieut. Gen. John B. Hoods' defeat and of his army leaving Tennessee, 500 of Lyon's men deserted and returned to their homes. Before they deserted, Lyon was able to capture 3 Federal steamers, burn 8 court-houses, railroad bridges, depots, etc., and caused Maj. Gen. McCook's entire division of cavalry to be withdrawn from Nashville, which aided in Hood's retreat from the Nashville area. (Dec 6-Jan 15, 1865)
December 6, 1864 - Federal expedition from Portsmouth, VA, to Hertford, NC, and the successful capture of guerrillas, horses, cattle, etc. (Dec 6-10)
December 6, 1865 - 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified, abolishing slavery.
December 6, 1889 - Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America (1861-65), dies at 81 in New Orleans, LA.