January 30 In Civil War History

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

January 30, 1797 - Edwin Vose Sumner born, Boston, Massachusetts.

January 30, 1816 - Nathaniel Banks born, Waltham, Massachusetts.

January 30, 1822 - John Basil Turchin [Ivan Vasyliovych Turchin], Russian-American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Don Host Oblast, Russian Empire (d. 1901)

January 30, 1829 - Alfred Cummings, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1910)

January 30, 1835 - Oliver Edwards, American inventor and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1904)

January 30, 1841 - Alfred Townsend George, American Civil War journalist, born in Georgetown, Delaware (d. 1914)

January 30, 1835 - President Andrew Jackson becomes the first President to survive an assassination attempt when the gun wielded by Richard Lawrence misfires.

January 30, 1861 - Louisiana Secessionist Convention selects 6 delegates to represent the state at the Convention of Seceded States in Montgomery, AL.

January 30, 1861 - The US revenue schooner, Lewis Cass, is seized by the Alabama state troops in Mobile Bay, AL.

January 30, 1861 - President-elect Abraham Lincoln leaves Springfield, IL, and travels to Coles County, IL, to visit his stepmother, Sarah Bush Lincoln.

January 30, 1862 - USS Monitor, the first ship featuring a turreted center gun, is launched. The design changes naval warfare forever.

January 30, 1862 - Confederate Commissioners, James Mason and John Slidell, finally arrive at Southampton, England, after being captured and released by the Federal authorities.

January 30, 1863 - Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, assumes the immediate command of the expedition against Vicksburg, MS.

January 30, 1863 - Skirmish at Dyersburg, TN.

January 30, 1863 - The Confederate capture of the US Steamer, Isaac Smith, in the Stono River, near Charleston, SC, after running aground.
Engagement at the Deserted House, or Kelley's Store, near Suffolk, VA, where Brig. Gen. Roger A. Pryor, CSA, inflicts numerous casualties on Brig. Gen. Michael Corcoran, USA.

January 30, 1863 - Skirmish at Turner's Mills, VA.

January 30, 1864 - Federal expedition from Batesville to near Searcy Landing, AR. (Jan 30-Feb 3)

January 30, 1864 - Skirmish at Chickamauga Creek, GA.

January 30, 1864 - Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans, USA, supersedes Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield, USA, in the command of the Dept. of the Missouri as Lincoln is unhappy with Schofield's performance in Missouri.

January 30, 1864 - Skirmish at Windsor, NC, where both sides claim victory.

January 30, 1864 - Federal scout from Culpeper to Mount Zion Church, then to Madison Court-House, VA, returning to camp by way of Bethel Church and White's Shop.

January 30, 1864 - The capture of a wagon train at Medley, WV, by Maj. Gen. Jubal A. Early, CSA, with the assistance of local Partisan Rangers. The train consisted of 93 wagons loaded with commissary stores and forage, half had to be burned as their teams escaped.

January 30, 1865 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.

January 30, 1865 - Skirmish 3 miles east of Chaplintown, KY, with guerrillas.

January 30, 1865 - Federal expedition from Thibodeaux to Lake Verret and Bayou Planton, LA, with skirmish (Jan. 30th) near Lake Verret. (Jan 30-31)

January 30, 1865 - Skirmish in La Fayette County, MO.

January 30, 1865 - The Military Division of the Missouri is created, which includes the Depts. of the Missouri and the Northwest.

January 30, 1865 - The Dept. of Kansas is merged into the Dept. of the Missouri.

January 30, 1865 - Maj. Gen. John Pope, USA, is assigned to the command of the Military Division of the Missouri.

January 30, 1865 - Maj. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis, USA, is transferred to the command of the Dept. of the Northwest.

January 30, 1865 - Skirmish near Lawtonville, SC.

January 30, 1865 - Federal scout to Long Bridge and Bottom's Bridge, VA, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.

January 30, 1968 - Actress Helen Hayes welcomes guests to Ford's Theater at a gala ceremony.
 
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