On this day in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag
January 21, 1813 - John C. Frémont born, Savannah, GA
January 21, 1824 - Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson born, Clarksburg, Virginia (today, West Virginia).
January 21, 1861 - All but 6 of the delegates to Georgia's Secessionist Convention sign the Ordinances of Secession.
January 21, 1861 - Mississippi Senator, and former US Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis, bids farewell in his speech from the US Congress chambers, in addition to the following senators:
Clement C. Clay, Jr. - from Alabama
Benjamin Fitzpatrick - from Alabama
Stephen R. Mallory - from Florida
David L. Yulee - from Florida
January 21, 1862 - Brig. Gen. John Alexander McClernand, USA, returns to his base of operations at Columbus, KY.
January 21, 1863 - Skirmish near Columbia, MO.
January 21, 1863 - President Jefferson Davis orders Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, CSA, to travel to Manchester, TN, to discuss with Gen. Braxton Bragg, CSA, his unexplained reasons for retreating from Murfreesboro, or Stone's River, TN.
January 21, 1863 - Federal reconnaissance from Murfreesboro to Auburn, Liberty, and Cainsville, TN. (Jan 21-22)
January 21, 1863 - The capture of Union forage trains near Murfreesboro, TN.
January 21, 1863 - Skirmish on the Shelbyville Pike, TN.
January 21, 1863 - Confederate attack on the blockading squadron at Sabine Pass, TX, with two Union blockade vessels captured.
January 21, 1863 - Maj. Gen. Fitz John Porter, USA, is officially cashiered from the Union Army by order of President Lincoln. This order will be revoked in 1879 after a military review and Porter will be reinstated as a Colonel in the Regular Army in 1886 without any back pay.
January 21, 1864 - Federal scout from Waldron to Baker's Springs, AR, and skirmish with guerrillas. (Jan 21-25)
January 21, 1864 - Federal scout from Rossville toward Dalton, GA, bivouacking for the night 3 miles from Summerville, and skirmish (Jan 22), with no casualties. (Jan 21-22)
January 21, 1864 - Maj. Gen. Carl Schurz, USA, is temporarily in command of the 11th US Army Corps, Knoxville, TN.
January 21, 1864 - Pro-Unionists meet in Nashville, TN, to propose a constitutional convention and to abolish slavery.
January 21, 1864 - Federal scout from Chattanooga to Harrison and Ooltewah, TN, and encounter with portions of Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler's, CSA, Cavalry.
January 21, 1864 - Skirmishes at Strawberry Plains (Jan 21) and at Armstrong's Ferry, TN, as the Federals attempt to burn a bridge. (Jan 22). (Jan 21-22)
January 21, 1864 - Federal reconnaissance on the Matagorda Peninsula, TX, including the accidentally killing of 2 Union soldiers from "friendly fire" from a US gunboat. The following Confederates vessels reported the impassable surf in Matagorda Bay: Cotton clads steamboats, Carr and Cora, steamers, Lizzie Lake and Lucy Gwin, and the schooners Annie Dale and George Buckhart. (Jan 21-25)
January 21, 1865 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.
January 21, 1865 - Federal expedition from Brashear City aboard the Union gunboat, No. 43, to Bayou Sorrel, LA, against Rebels and torpedoes. (Jan 21-22)
January 21, 1868 - Mississippi rejects the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
January 21, 1968 - Dedication of the restored Ford's Theater.