On this day in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag
January 29, 1836 - Benjamin Franklin Potts, American lawyer, politician, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Fox Township, Ohio (d. 1887)
January 29, 1836 - James Meech Warner, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Middlebury, Vermont (d. 1897)
January 29, 1843 - William McKinley, 25th US President (Republican: 1897-1901), born in Niles, Ohio (d. 1901)
January 29, 1850 - Aging politician Henry Clay proposes a series of laws that would later be known as the Compromise of 1850.
January 29, 1861 - Kansas admitted to the Union.
January 29, 1861 - The US revenue cutter, Robert McClellan, is seized by the Louisiana state troops, near New Orleans, LA.
January 29, 1862 - Frederick Steele, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
January 29, 1862 - Federal expedition to Blue Springs, MO, by Capt. William S. Oliver, 7th MO Infantry, in search of the notorious guerrilla, William Clarke Quantrill. (Jan 29-Feb 3)
January 29, 1862 - Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn, CSA, assumes the command of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi District, MO.
January 29, 1862 - Affair at Lee's House, near the Occoquan Bridge, on the Occoquan River, VA, south of Washington, DC, as a Federal excursion breaks up a Confederate dance.
January 29, 1863 - Skirmish near Richmond, LA.
January 29, 1863 - Skirmish at Pinos Altos Mines, the New Mexico Territory, with Indians, as the Indians attack two Federal hunting parties.
January 29, 1863 - Confederate expedition to Daufuskie Island, SC.
January 29, 1863 - Federal engagement on the Bear River, or Battle Creek, the Utah Territory, 140 miles from Camp Douglas, with Indians who had been murdering emigrants on the Overland Mail Route for the last 15 yrs. Over 220 Indians are reported killed.
January 29, 1864 - Skirmish near Cobb's Mill, North AL.
January 29, 1864 - Skirmish near the Tennessee River, North AL.
January 29, 1864 - Federal expedition from Vicksburg, MS, to Waterproof, parish of Tensas, LA, and skirmishes, as the Federals raid numerous plantations, confiscating everything of value from gold and silver to farm animals and weapons. (Jan 29-Feb 23)
January 29, 1864 - The Federal steamer, Sir William Wallace, is fired upon on the Mississippi River, near Vicksburg, MS, resulting in Union deaths to 3 men, and 4 severely wounded.
January 29, 1864 - Affair near Gloucester Court House, VA, as Brig. Gen. Isaac J. Wistar, USA, captures a couple of Rebs today.
January 29, 1864 - Federal expedition to Isle of Wight County, VA, with skirmishes near Benn's Church and at Smithfield, and the destruction of the US steamer, Smith Briggs. (Jan 29-Feb 1)
January 29, 1865 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.
January 29, 1865 - Affair at Danville, KY, where guerrillas, dressed in Union garb, enter the town, rob the citizens and 1 boot store, and leave on the Perryville pike at 11:15 a.m.
January 29, 1865 - Skirmish 5 miles west of Harrodsburg, KY, where the Yankees overtake 40 guerrillas, killing and capturing 12.
January 29, 1865 - Federal scouts from Bayou Goula to Grand River, LA, with skirmish (Jan 30) at Richland Plantation. (Jan 29-Feb 7)
January 29, 1865 - Skirmish at Robertsville, SC.