July 6 In Civil War History

Jim Klag

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

July 6 Birthdays

1821 - Edward Pettus, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Athens, Alabama (d. 1907)

July 6 Antebellum Events

1854 - Meeting in Jackson , Michigan a group of Republicans present the first statewide platform and nominate a slate of candidates.

Saturday July 6 1861
  • The CSS Sumter arrives at Cienfuegos, Cuba with the following captured Union vessels: Albert Adams, Cuba, Ben Dunning, Lewis Kilham, Machia, Niad, and the West Wind.
  • The Confederate Privateer, the Jefferson Davis, captures the Union vessels, Enchantress and the John Welsh, off Cape Hatteras, NC.
  • The Campaign in West Virginia. (Jul 6-17)
  • Skirmishes at Middle (Creek) Fork Ridge, or Buckhannon, WV. (Jul 6-7)
Sunday July 6 1862
  • Skirmish at Bayou Cache, AR, between Augusta and Clarendon with the advance of the Federal Army of the Southwest.
  • Skirmish at Grand Prairie, near Aberdeen, AR.
  • Federal expedition toward Blackwater and Chapel Hill, MO. (Jul 6-9)
  • Federal scout from Waynesville to the Big Piney, MO. (Jul 6-8)
  • Skirmish at Salem, MO.
  • Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside, USA, sails from Cape Hatteras, NC, with re-enforcements for the Army of the Potomac, at Harrison's Landing, VA, leaving Brig. Gen. John G. Foster, USA, in command of the Dept. of North Carolina.
Monday July 6 1863
  • Action at Hagerstown, MD.
  • Action at Williamsport, MD, where Maj. Gen. John Buford's, USA, Cavalry, is repulsed.
  • Skirmishes at Jones' and Messinger's Ferries, or Bolton and Birdsong Ferries, MS, as Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA, Marches his Union forces on Jackson, MS.
  • Skirmish at Free Bridge, or Quaker Bridge, near Trenton, NC, along the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad.
Wednesday July 6 1864
  • Brig. Gen. Samuel Allen Rice, USA, dies at his home at Oskaloose, IA, from a shattered ankle received at the engagement at Jenkins' Ferry, AR, on Apr 30.
  • Edward Cary Walthall, C.S.A., is appointed Maj. Gen.
  • Federal scout from Fort Goodwin, in Southeastern Arizona, against Indians. (Jul 6-24)
  • Skirmish near Benton, AR, as the Federals return from a scout to Norristown, capturing some Confederates.
  • Affair at the Antietam, MD.
  • The Confederate capture of Hagerstown, MD, by Lieut. Gen. Jubal A. Early, CSA, as Cavalry Brig. Gen. John McClausland, CSA, levies $20,000 on the residents of Hagerstown in retribution for the destruction dealt the Shenandoah Valley by Maj. Gen. David Hunter, USA.
  • Federal operations in Western Missouri, under Maj. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis, USA, commanding the Dept. of Kansas. (Jul 6-30)
  • Skirmish near the Little Blue, Jackson County, Western MO.
  • Action at Mount Zion Church, near Aldie, VA, with Lieut. Col. John S. Mosby, CSA.
  • Skirmish at Big Cacapon Bridge, WV.
  • Skirmish at Sir John's Run, WV.
  • 1866 - New Hampshire ratifies the 14th Amendment.