June 29 In Civil War History

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On this day in Civil War history

Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag

June 29, 1831 - William Thomas Clark, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 1905)

June 29, 1857 - President James Buchanan responds to Brigham Young chasing federal judges William Drummond, George Stiles and John Kinney from the territory of Utah by ordering William Harney to advance to Utah and protect the new territorial governor and judges.

June 29, 1862 - The capture of the British steamer, Ann, a blockade runner, under the guns of Fort Morgan, AL.

June 29, 1862 - The Confederate Dept. of Alabama, and West Florida is discontinued.

June 29, 1862 - Federal reconnaissance from Front Royal to Luray, VA, and skirmish. (Jun 29-30)

June 29, 1862 - Skirmish on the James River Road, near Willis' Church, VA.

June 29, 1862 - Skirmish at Jordan's Ford, VA.

June 29, 1862 - The Battle of Savage's Station, on the Richmond and York River Railroad, VA. Day 5 of the 7 days battles.

June 29, 1862 - Brig. Gen. Richard Griffith, C.S.A., is mortally wounded at the Battle of Savage Station, and is transported to and dies in Richmond, VA.

June 29, 1862 - The Engagement at Peach Orchard, or Allen's Farm, near Fair Oaks Station, VA, as Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA, continues to press on against the retreating Army of the Potomac.

June 29, 1862 - Skirmish on the Williamsburg Road, near Fair Oaks Station, VA.

June 29, 1862 - Maj. Gen. Franz Sigel, US Army, assumes the command of the 1st US Army Corp, the Army of Virginia.

June 29, 1862 - Affair at Moorefield, WV.

June 29, 1863 - The siege of Vicksburg is ongoing.

June 29, 1863 - The siege of Port Hudson is ongoing.

June 29, 1863 - The following are appointed Union Brigadier Generals:

George Armstrong Custer, USA

Elon John Farnsworth, USA

Wesley Merritt, USA

June 29, 1863 - Skirmishes at Columbia and Creelsborough, KY.

June 29, 1863 - Skirmish at Mound Plantation, LA.

June 29, 1863 - Affairs at Lisbon and Poplar Springs, MD.

June 29, 1863 - Skirmish at Muddy Branch, MD.

June 29, 1863 - Skirmish at Westminster, MD, with Maj. Gen. JEB Stuart, CSA.

June 29, 1863 - Skirmishes at Messinger's Ferry, Big Black River, MS. (Jun 29-30)

June 29, 1863 - Skirmish at McConnellsburg, PA, as the Northern and Southern armies continue to concentrate toward Cashtown and Gettysburg, PA.

June 29, 1863 - Skirmish at Decherd, TN, as Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans, USA, advances.

June 29, 1863 - Skirmish near Hillsborough, TN.

June 29, 1863 - Skirmish near Lexington, TN.

June 29, 1863 - Skirmishes near Tullahoma, TN. (Jun 29-30)

June 29, 1863 - Confederate expedition, under Col. William L. Jackson, CSA, to Beverly, WV. (Jun 29-Jul 4)

June 29, 1864 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.

June 29, 1864 - Brig. Gen. Joseph Pannell Taylor, USA, dies at Washington, DC, from natural causes.

June 29, 1864 - Amos Beebe Eaton, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.

June 29, 1864 - Affair at Pond Springs, Northern AL.

June 29, 1864 - Skirmish at Meffleton Lodge, AR.

June 29, 1864 - Skirmish at Davis' Bend, LA.

June 29, 1864 - Skirmish at La Fayette, TN.

June 29, 1864 - Skirmishes at Charlestown and Duffield's Station, WV, as Lieut. Col. John S. Mosby, CSA, captures 25, destroys a storehouse and telegraph wires, escaping across the Shenandoah Valley into Loudoun County by Berry's Ferry.

June 29, 1865 - Skirmish with Indians near Fort Dodge, Kansas, as a party of about 40 Indians charged upon one of the cattle herds belonging to a Mexican train, killing 2 Mexican herdsmen; the Indians fail to capture any livestock as the soldiers are fast on their trail in chasing them away.


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June 29, 1863 - Skirmish at Westminster, MD, with Maj. Gen. JEB Stuart, CSA.
Here is a last charge and its call Corbit's Charge.... delayed Stuarts cavalry another day... this little charge may have changed the course of the war...

Snip... https://www.westminstermd.gov/265/Corbits-Charge

Many encounters preceded the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863. However, a small but extremely important cavalry skirmish took place in Westminster on June 29, 1863. The clash on the edge of town, near today’s intersection of East Main Street and Washington Road, between General J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry and a small unit of the 1st Delaware cavalry was a significant factor in slowing Stuart's march to Gettysburg. The skirmish is commonly known as "Corbit's Charge" or "The Battle of Westminster."

On June 28, 1863, Companies C and D of the 1st Delaware Cavalry arrived in Westminster from Baltimore to guard the important rail and road junction in town. Commanded by Major Napoleon B. Knight, with Captain Charles Corbit and Lieutenant Caleb Churchman as company commanders, they numbered less than 100 men. Meanwhile, General J.E.B. Stuart, who crossed the Potomac River into Maryland on June 27, with 3 brigades of Confederate cavalry, numbering nearly 6,000 men, was moving north towards Westminster after capturing a large Union supply train in Rockville.

Westminster remained quiet until about 4 p.m. on June 29, when the report of approaching Confederates was brought to the Union troops. In Major Knight's absence, Captain Corbit led a charge of his men through the streets of Westminster to Washington Road. Expecting to overcome a small unit of Confederates, they found themselves facing a large body of General Stuart's veteran cavalry. A fierce skirmish ensued, but the Delaware unit was quickly overpowered. Many were captured, including Captain Corbit and Lieutenant Churchman. 2 union troopers died and 11 were wounded. 2 prominent Confederate officers were killed, of which one - Lt. John William Murray, Co. E, 4th Virginia cavalry, C.S.A. - still remains buried in Westminster's Ascension Church cemetery today. 10 other Confederates were badly wounded. Instead of proceeding into Pennsylvania to inform General Robert E. Lee about the major Union troop movements, Stuart's cavalry was delayed long enough, as the result of the skirmish, to make it advisable to spend the night in the Westminster area. Historians have often wondered whether the results of the Battle of Gettysburg might have been different if Stuart arrived before July



The battle prompted Stuart's cavalry to stay the night in Westminster, delaying his arrival at Gettysburg and depriving Gen. Lee of important intelligence about Union troop movements and leading him to commit to fighting at Gettysburg.

Snip... the town celebrates it every year.... since 2003...

In 2003 the City of Westminster began holding the Commemoration of Corbit's Charge during the last full weekend of June, which has grown into a festival including Civil War re-enactors, demonstrations, museum tours, musical concerts and more.

The Corbit's Charge Commemorative Weekend occurs the last full weekend in June.
The event provides a quality educational experience for visitors of all ages through a Civil War encampment; military demonstrations of artillery, small arms, drilling, and horsemanship; performances of period music; participation of authentic Civil War living historians and traditional artisans, such as blacksmiths, tinsmiths and caners; guided tours and the presentations of published authors, speakers and museum displays relating to the Civil War period. It also remembers those who fought bravely in this city in 1863 with wreath laying ceremonies at the Corbit's Charge monument that was dedicated in 2006 and the burial site of Lt. Murray. The encampment and most of the major activities are held on the grounds of the Carroll County Multi-Service Center Building at 224 North Center Street.