May 15 In Civil War History

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May 15, 1861 - Robert Anderson promoted to Brigadier General

May 15, 1861 - Nathaniel Lyons [US] occupies Jefferson City, capital of Missouri. George Archibald McCall, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.

May 15, 1861 - Bvt. Maj. Gen. George Cadwalader, PA Militia, supersedes Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, USA, in the Dept. of Annapolis, MD. Brig. Gen. Butler is ordered to the command at Fortress Monroe, Hampton Roads, VA.

May 15, 1861 - The Federal expedition from Saint Louis to Potosi, MO, by order of Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Lyon, USA, to assist Pro-Union citizens.

May 15, 1861 - Brig. Gen. Joseph Eggleston Johnston, CSA, is assigned to the command of troops near Harper's Ferry, VA.

May 15, 1862 - James Green Martin, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.

May 15, 1862 - Skirmish at Chalk Bluff, AR, with the ferry there seized by the Federals.

May 15, 1862 - Col. James H. Carleton, 1st CA Infantry, relinquishes command of the District of Southern California.

May 15, 1862 - Federal expedition from California to the Arizona and New Mexico Territories, is organized as the Column from California, Col. James H. Carleton, 1st California Infantry, commanding.

May 15, 1862 - The CSS Alabama, is launched from its' berth at Liverpool, England.

May 15, 1862 - Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, USA, issues Order No. 28, which accuses any woman of pandering her profession who verbally insults any Federal soldier stationed at New Orleans, LA.

May 15, 1862 - Skirmish near Butler, Bates County, MO.

May 15, 1862 - Federal scout to Little Blue and skirmish near Independence, MO, with a Confederate ambush. (May 15-17)

May 15, 1862 - Skirmishes near Trenton Bridge, at Young's Cross-Roads, and Pollocksville, NC, with Col. Thomas J. C. Amory, 17th MA Infantry, commanding 1st Brigade, 1st Division. (May 15-16)

May 15, 1862 - Federal naval demonstration upon Galveston, TX.

May 15, 1862 - Federal reconnaissance toward the Memphis and Charleston Railroad and skirmish, TN.

May 15, 1862 - The engagement at Fort Darling, James River, VA, near Drewry's Bluffs, about 8 miles south of Richmond, VA, with Confederate defenses repulsing the following Union ironclads: Aroostook, Galena, Maratanza, Monitor, and the Port Royal, under Commander William Smith, USN, who is aboard the steamer USS Wachusett.

May 15, 1862 - Skirmish at Games' Cross-Roads, Rappahannock County, VA, as Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, CSA, withdraws his forces to within 3 miles of his nation's capital, Richmond, VA.

May 15, 1862 - Operations in the Shenandoah Valley, VA. (May 15-Jun 17) Maj. Gen. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson's, CSA, Confederate command returns from McDowell to the Shenandoah Valley, VA.

May 15, 1862 - Skirmish at Linden, VA, as Confederate guerrillas attack Brig. Gen. Jonathan Geary, USA.

May 15, 1862 - Actions at and in the vicinity of Princeton, and Ravenswood, WV, with Maj. Gen. John C. Fremont, USA. (May 15-17)

May 15, 1862 - Action at Wolf Creek, WV, as Brig. Gen. Humphrey Marshall, CSA, under Brig. Gen. Henry Heth, CSA, is routed; Heth falls back to Jackson's River Depot.

May 15, 1863 - John Marshall Jones, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen. James Alexander Walker, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.

May 15, 1863 - Skirmish at Fort Smith, AR.

May 15, 1863 - Skirmish at Big Creek, near Pleasant Hill, MO, with the guerrillas, under William Clarke Quantrill.

May 15, 1863 - The Confederate capture of the steamers, Emily and Arrow at Currituck Canal, near Elizabeth City, NC.

May 15, 1863 - Federal operations on the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad, and skirmishes:
(May 17) near Providence Church, and
(May 23) at Antioch Church and Barber's Crossroads,

May 15, 1863 - Federal expedition from West Point, aboard the US gunboat, Morse, to Robinson's Plantation, King and Queen County, VA, where the Union burn his barn full of grain suspected of being used by the Confederates.

May 15, 1863 - Federal scout from Parkersburg into Calhoun County, WV. (May 15-22)

May 15, 1863 - A portion of the Tredegar Iron Works and a nearby flour mill burn. Richmond, Virginia.

May 15, 1863 - Joe Johnston orders John Pemberton to break out of Grant's tightening noose. Pemberton refuses the order.

May 15, 1864 - Battle of Spotsylvania - Torrential rains bring active combat to a temporary, muddy pause.

May 15, 1864 - Battle of New Market - Major General John Breckinridge [CS], using a ragtag force that included VMI cadets attacked Franz Sigel's [US] line near the north fork of the Shenandoah River. Sigel eventually withdrew to Strasburg.

May 15, 1864 - Skirmish at Centre Star, AL, 14 miles from Florence, with the Federals whipping the Rebels, capturing 35, forcing the Confederates to withdraw across the Tennessee River.

May 15, 1864 - Skirmish near Dardanelle, AR, with Brig. Gen. Joseph O. Shelby, CSA.

May 15, 1864 - Skirmish at Armuchee Creek, at Tanner's Bridge, GA.

May 15, 1864 - Skirmish near Rome, GA, as Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA, continues to confront Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, CSA.

May 15, 1864 - Skirmish at Avoyelles, or Marksville, Prairie, LA, the Red River (LA) Campaign.

May 15, 1864 - The Confederate attack on Mount Pleasant Landing, LA, where the Rebels capture the Union stockade there, burn the saw-mill and other buildings before being forced to skedaddle by the pursuing Federals.

May 15, 1864 - Skirmish near Strasburg, VA.

May 15, 1864 - Federal scout from Beverly through Pocahontas, Webster, and Braxton Counties, WV, captures 36 prisoners, 85 horses and 40 head of cattle. (May 15-30)

May 15, 1864 - Brig. Gens. William W. Averell's and George Crook's, USA, Cavalry commands unite at Union, WV.

May 15, 1865 - Federal scout against guerrillas from Pine Bluff to Johnson's Farm, AR, with skirmish (May 16th) on the Monticello Road. (May 15-17)

May 15, 1867 - Nebraska ratifies the 14th Amendment
 
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May 15, 1862 - The engagement at Fort Darling, James River, VA, near Drewry's Bluffs, about 8 miles south of Richmond, VA, with Confederate defenses repulsing the following Union ironclads: Aroostook, Galena, Maratanza, Monitor, and the Port Royal, under Commander William Smith, USN, who is aboard the steamer USS Wachusett.

A few pix from Drewry's Bluff taken in 2013.
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1802-Issac Ridgeway Trimble is born,M.G.,CSA.
1819-Thomas Leonidas Critterden M.G. ,USA, is born..lawyer and poltician.
1830-Lawrence Simmons Baker,B.G.,CSA,is born.
1865-Department of the South declares Browns call for a meeting of the legislature null and void.
1950-The State of Georgia presents a medal to the son of William Fuller in recognition of his fathers efforts during the "Great Locomotive Chase" -ceremony took place at the cyclorama in Atlanta.
 
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May 15, 1862 - The engagement at Fort Darling, James River, VA, near Drewry's Bluffs, about 8 miles south of Richmond, VA, with Confederate defenses repulsing the following Union ironclads: Aroostook, Galena, Maratanza, Monitor, and the Port Royal, under Commander William Smith, USN, who is aboard the steamer USS Wachusett.

A few pix from Drewry's Bluff taken in 2013.
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Thanks for taking all the time to do this. May 15th is such an interesting day. New Market, Spotsylvania, the CSS Alabama is launched! But I really like looking at all the small skirmishes.
 
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