This date in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag
January 8, 1811 - January 10, 1811 - Slaves revolt in Louisiana, led by Charles Deslondes.
January 8, 1818 - Missouri petitions for statehood.
January 8, 1818 - Yearly increase in manufacturing in USA drops nearly 80% in 1817 over 1816.
January 8, 1821 - James Longstreet, American Confederate general (1st Corps, ANV), born in Edgefield, South Carolina (d. 1904)
January 8, 1830 - Gouverneur Kemble Warren, American civil engineer and Major General (Union Army), born in Cold Spring, New York (d. 1882)
January 8, 1861 - The US troops at Fort Barrancas, FL, fire on a party of Rebel men who attempt to move on the fort, unlike the peaceful seizure of Fort Marion the day before.
January 8, 1862 - Skirmish at Fishing Creek, near Somerset, KY.
January 8, 1862 - Skirmish at Charleston, MO, or Silver Creek, or Sugar Creek, and Roan's tan yard, with the rout of the Confederate camp there.
January 8, 1862 - Action at Roan's Tan-yard, Silver Creek, MO.
January 8, 1862 - Skirmish on the Dry Fork of the Cheat River, WV.
January 8, 1863 - James Cantey, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
January 8, 1863 - Federal scout from Elkhorn to Berryville, AR, where they surprise and kill 10 Rebel bushwhackers. (Jan 8-10)
January 8, 1863 - Engagement at Springfield, MO, with Brig. Gen. John Marmaduke, CSA, being repulsed by the Union garrison there, burns part of the town and withdraws towards Rollo, MO.
January 8, 1863 - Skirmish at Knob Creek, near Ripley, TN.
January 8, 1863 - Brig. Gen. Joseph Wheeler's, CSA, Cavalry Raid, including affairs at Mill Creek, Harpeth Shoals, and Ashland, TN. (Jan 8-14)
January 8, 1863 - Federal reconnaissance to Catlett's and Rappahannock Stations, VA, with skirmishes at Brentsville, Elk Run, etc. (Jan 8-10)
January 8, 1863 - Federal Cavalry expedition from Suffolk toward the Blackwater, VA. (Jan 8-10)
January 8, 1864 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.
January 8, 1864 - The Federal gunboat bombardment of the Confederate works at the mouth of Caney Bayou, TX. (Jan 8-9)
January 8, 1864 - Skirmish at Moorefield Junction, WV.
January 8, 1864 - Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan, CSA, who recently escaped from the Ohio State Penitentiary, Columbus, is honored at Richmond, VA.
January 8, 1865 - Skirmish near Ivey's Ford, AR.
January 8, 1865 - The naval fleet under Rear-Admiral David D. Porter, USN, and the transport fleet containing the expeditionary forces against Fort Fisher, arrive at rendezvous off Beaufort, NC.
January 8, 1865 - Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, USA, resumes the command of the 15th US Army Corps, relieving Maj. Gen. Peter J. Osterhaus, USA, TN.
January 8, 1865 - Action with Indians, mainly Kickapoos and Pottawatomie, at Dove Creek, Concho River, TX. The friendly Indians sent a woman with child under a flag of truce to the Yankees who refused to recognize any friendly Indians on the Texas frontier and then declined to accept her offer of being their prisoner, whereupon they killed her, the young lad escaping into the bushes. Attacking the tribe in their wigwams, many Indians were massacred before they finally returned fire, killing and wounding about 15 before the Yankees called off the attack during a heavy snow-storm. The Indians flee towards Mexico, leaving behind most of their provisions, in their haste to get away from the white men.
January 8, 1865 - Maj. Gen. Edward O. C. Ord, USA, assumes command of the Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, as well as the Army of the James, replacing Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, USA, relieved from command.
January 8, 1867 - Kentucky rejects the 14th Amendment.
January 8, 1867 - Blacks in Washington D. C. gain the right to vote in a bill passed over President Andrew Johnson's veto.
January 8, 1877 - Francis Nicholls, a Confederate general is inaugurated governor of Louisiana. Stephen B. Packard, a Republican, tried to claim victory.