September 14 In Civil War History

Jim Klag

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

September 14 Birthdays

1819 - Henry Jackson Hunt, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1889)
1835 - Joseph Hayes, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in York County, Maine (d. 1912)
1838 - John Pelham, U.S. Confederate artillery major, born in Alexandria, Alabama (d. 1863)

September 14 Antebellum Events

1847 - General Winfield Scott effectively ends the fighting in the Mexican-American War by capturing Mexico City, capitol of Mexico.

Saturday September 14 1861
  • Simon Bolivar Buckner, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Edward Otho Cresap Ord, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • ol. George Wright, 9th US Infantry, is assigned to the command of all the Federal troops serving in Southern CA.
  • Federal descent on the Pensacola, FL, navy-yard with the destruction of the Confederate Privateer, Judah, by the men from the USS Colorado, under Col. Harvey Brown, 5th US Art.
  • Skirmish at Old Randolph, MO.
  • The USS Albatross captures the Confederate blockade runner, the Alabama, near the mouth of the Potomac River, VA.
Sunday September 14 1862
  • Skirmish at Henderson, KY.
  • Confederate siege of Munfordville and Woodsonville, KY, as Gen. Braxton Bragg, CSA, and Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell, USA, clash. (Sep 14-17)
  • Skirmish at Burnsville, MS.
  • Skirmish near Petersville, MD.
  • The Battle of South Mountain, (Boonsborough, Boonsborough Gap, or Turner's Pass), and Crampton's Pass, MD, as Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin, USA, attempts to force a crossing to aid the Union forces at Harpers Ferry, WV, which results in approximately 5,000 total casualties.
  • Brig. Gen. Samuel Garland, Jr., CSA, is mortally wounded defending Fox's Gap, at South Mountain, VA.
  • Maj. Gen. Jesse Lee Reno, USA, is mortally wounded at the head of his command, while attacking the Confederate forces defending Fox's Gap, South Mountain, VA.
  • Brig. Gen. Jacob D. Cox, USA, assumes the command of the 9th US Army Corps, Army of the Potomac.
Monday September 14 1863
  • Alexander Welch Reynolds, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Skirmish near La Fayette, GA, the Chickamauga Campaign.
  • The Confederate attack on Vidalia, LA, is repulsed.
  • Federal reconnaissance to the Blackwater River, VA, with skirmishes. (Sep 14-17)
  • Skirmish in Smyth County, VA.
  • Skirmishes at Somerville, Raccoon and Robertson's Fords, and Rapidan Station, VA, as the Army of the Potomac (Meade) moves against the Army of Northern Virginia. (Lee). (Sep 14-16)
  • Skirmish at Cheat Mountain Pass, WV.
Wednesday September 14 1864
  • Brig. Gen. Joshua Blackwood Howell, USA, dies near Petersburg, VA, from injuries suffered on Sep 12, when he fell off his horse, being promoted to Brig. Gen. the day of his injury.
  • Affair near Weston, KY, as the Confederate guerrillas shoot and kill the Federals protecting the steamer, Colossus, as they make off with the vessel.
  • Skirmish at Bullitt's Bayou, LA, where the Rebels attack the Union pickets along the river-bank by sneaking up through the brush.
  • Federal scout in Texas County, MO, with skirmish at Thomasville, MO. (Sep 18). (Sep 14-21)
  • Skirmish near Berryville, VA, as Lieut. Gen. Richard H. Anderson, CSA, and his army corps again leaves for the Petersburg, VA, siege lines, depleting Lieut. Gen. Jubal Early, CSA, of much needed men. Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA, is facing the same situation as Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, is extending his Union siege lines around Petersburg, VA.
  • Skirmish near Centerville, WV, where the Federals overtake and kill some of the party of 30 horse thieves.
Thursday September 14 1865
  • A peace treaty is signed at Fort Smith, AR, with the following Indian Nation Tribes:
    • Cherokee
    • Creek
    • Choctaw
    • Chickasaw
    • Osage
    • Seminole
    • Seneca
    • Shawnee
    • Quapaw
September 14 Deaths

1876 - Robert Barnwell Rhett, newspaper editor, "Fire Eater" secessionist, dies at St. James Parish, Louisiana.