Historical Events in 1864

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  • Jan 11th Charing Cross Station opens in London
  • Jan 14th Battle of Cosby Creek, TN

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Jan 14th General Sherman begins his march to the South

  • Jan 16th Heavy fighting takes place near Dandridge, Tennessee

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Jan 17th General longstreet's command ends heavy fighting at Dandridgem TN

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet
  • Jan 21st The Tauranga Campaign of the New Zealand Wars begins
  • Jan 27th Battle of Fair Gardens, TN
  • Jan 27th Civil War skirmish at Kelly's Ford, Va
  • Jan 28th Battle of New Bern, NC
  • Feb 1st -Feb 8th] Battle of Yazoo River, MS
  • Feb 1st 2nd German-Danish war begins
  • Feb 1st Austrian and Prussian troops occupy Schleswig-Holstein
  • Feb 2nd -Oct 7th) Cruise of CSS Florida
  • Feb 3rd Sherman's march through Mississippi
  • Feb 4th Skirmish at Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi
  • Feb 5th Federals occupy Jackson, Mississippi
  • Feb 6th -7] Skirmish at Barnett's Ford Virginia
  • Feb 7th Federal troops occupy Jacksonville, Florida
  • Feb 13th Miridian Campaign fighting at Chunky Creek & Wyatt, Mississippi
  • Feb 15th Fire in Rotterdam damages Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Feb 16th Battle of Mobile, AL - operations by Union Army
  • Feb 17th Confederate submarine HL Hunley sinks Union ship Housatonic
  • Feb 19th Knights of Pythias form 1st lodge in Washington, D.C. (12 members)
  • Feb 20th Civil War battle of Olustee, Florida
  • Feb 21st -22] Battle at Okolona, Mississippi
  • Feb 21st 1st US Catholic parish church for blacks dedicated, Baltimore
  • Feb 22nd -27] Battle at Dalton Georgia
  • Feb 22nd 2nd/last day of Battle of Okolona, MS
  • Feb 22nd Skirmish at Calfkiller Creek (Battle of Dug Hill), Tennessee
  • Feb 24th -Feb 25] Battle of Tunnel Hill, GA (Buzzard's Roost)
  • Feb 27th 6th & last day of battle at Dalton, Georgia (about 600 casualties)
  • Feb 27th Near Andersonville, GA, rebels open a new POW camp "Camp Sumpter"
  • Feb 28th -Mar 3rd] Skirmish at Albemarle County Virginia (Burton's Ford)
  • Feb 28th -Mar 4th) Raid at Kilpatrick's Richmond
  • Mar 1st Louis Ducos du Hauron patents movie machine (never built)
  • Mar 1st Rebecca Lee (US) becomes 1st black woman to receive a medical degree
  • Mar 5th 1st track meet between Oxford & Cambridge

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Mar 9th Ulysses S. Grant is appointed commander of Union Army

US President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant
US President & Union General
Ulysses S. Grant
  • Mar 9th 26th Grand National: George Stevens aboard Emblematic wins
  • Mar 10th Ullyses Grant is named commander of the Union armies
  • Mar 10th Red River campaign LA
  • Mar 11th The Great Sheffield Flood: the largest man-made disaster ever to befall England kills over 250 people in Sheffield.
  • Mar 14th Rossini's "Petite Messe Solennelle" premieres in Paris
  • Mar 14th Union troops occupy Fort de Russy, Louisiana
  • Mar 15th Red River Campaign-Union forces reach Alexandria, LA
  • Mar 18th Dale Dike on Humber River crumbles drowning some 240
  • Mar 19th Opera "Mireille" premieres in Paris
  • Mar 21st Battle at Henderson's Hill (Bayou Rapids) Louisiana
  • Mar 23rd Encounter at Camden AR
  • Mar 25th Battle of Paducah, KY (Forrest's raid)
  • Mar 29th Great Britain gives the Ionian Islands back to Greece
  • Mar 29th Union General Steeles troops reach Arkadelphia Arkansas
  • Mar 30th Skirmish at Mount Elba, Arkansas
  • Apr 2nd Skirmish at Crump's Hill (Piney Woods), Louisiana
  • Apr 2nd Skirmish at Spoonville/Antoine, Arkansas
  • Apr 3rd Skirmish at Okolona, Arkansas
  • Apr 4th Skirmish at Elkin's Ford (Little Missouri River), Arkansas
  • Apr 8th Battle of Mansfield, La; Federals routed by Gen Richard Taylor
  • Apr 9th Battle of Pleasant Hill LA, 2870 casualities
  • Apr 9th Union surgeon Mary Edwards Walker is captured by Confederate troops and arrested as a spy during US Civil War.

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Apr 10th Austrian Archduke Maximilian becomes Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico

Emperor of Mexico Maximilian I
Emperor of Mexico
Maximilian I

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Apr 12th Confederate Gen Nathan Bedford Forrest captures Fort Pillow, Tn

Confederate General/KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest
Confederate General/KKK Grand Wizard
Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • Apr 15th General Steeles' Union troops occupies Camden, Arkansas
  • Apr 17th Battle of Plymouth, NC
  • Apr 17th Bread revolt in Savannah, Georgia
  • Apr 17th Grant suspends prisoner-of-war exchanges
  • Apr 18th Battle of Poison Springs, AR (Camden Expedition)
  • Apr 22nd US mints 2 cent coin (1st appearance of "In God We Trust")
  • Apr 23rd Battle of Cane River, LA (Red River Expedition, Monett's Ferry)
  • Apr 25th Battle of Marks' Mill, Arkansas (Camden Expedition)
  • Apr 29th -30] Skirmish at Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas
  • Apr 29th The Theta Xi fraternity is founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
  • Apr 29th Battle of Gate Pa (Pukehinahina): 1,700 British troops suffer their worst defeat of the New Zealand Wars at the hands of 230 entrenched Maori warriors in Tauranga
  • Apr 30th Battle of Jenkin's Ferry, Arkansas; Gen W R Scurry is killed
  • Apr 30th New York becomes 1st state to charge a hunting license fee
  • May 1st -8] Battle at Alexandria, Louisiana (Red River Campaign)
  • May 1st Atlanta campaign, GA begins
  • May 3rd 3rd day in Battle at Alexandria Louisiana: Confederate assault
  • May 4th -16] actions at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia
  • May 4th General Ulysses S. Grant's Union Army at Potomac attacks Robert E. Lee's Confederates at Rappahannock River
  • May 5th Atlanta Campaign: 5 days fighting begins at Rocky Face Ridge
  • May 5th Battle between Confederate & Union ships at mouth of Roanoke
  • May 5th Battle of Wilderness, VA (Germanna Ford, Wilderness Tavern)
  • May 5th Campaign in Northern Georgia - Chattanooga GA to Atlanta GA
  • May 6th US Civil War: Battle of Port Walthall Junction, VA
  • May 6th US Civil War: Battle of Wilderness - Confederate General longstreet seriously injured
  • May 6th US Civil war: General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta Georgia
  • May 7th Battle of Wilderness ends (total losses: USA-17,666; CSA-7,500)
  • May 7th Skirmish at Port Walthall Junction Virginia (Drewry's Bluff)
  • May 8th Actions at Stony Creek/Nottoway bridge Virginia (Drewry's Bluff)
  • May 8th Atlanta Campaign: Severe fighting near Dalton
  • May 8th Battle of Spotslyvania Court House begins
  • May 9th -20] Skirmish at Ware Bottom Church, Virginia
  • May 9th Battle of Cloyd's Mt, & Swift Creek, VA (Drewery's Bluff, Ft Darling)
  • May 9th Battle of Dalton, GA
  • May 9th Ship battle at Helgoland, Austria-Denmark
  • May 10th Battles at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia
  • May 10th Skirmish at Ny River, Virginia
  • May 11th Battle of Yellow Tavern, VA (Sheridan's Raid, South Anna Bridge)

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May 11th Gen J.E.B. Stuart is mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern

Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart
Confederate General
J.E.B. Stuart
  • May 12th US Civil war: Battle of Drewry's Bluff, VA (Ft Darling)
  • May 12th US Civil War Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia
  • May 12th Battle of Todd's Tavern, VA (Sheridan's Raid), cavalry battle during US Civil War
  • May 12th US Union colonel Emory Upton (24) promoted to brigadier general
  • May 13th -16] Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Resaca Georgia
  • May 15th Battle of New Market, Virginia
  • May 15th Skirmish at Marksville (Avoyelles) (Red River Campaign)
  • May 16th Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Resaca, ends (since May 13)
  • May 16th Battle of Bermuda Hundred, VA
  • May 16th Last battles at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia (6,666 casualties)
  • May 17th Battle of Adairsville Georgia, Union forces Confederates to retreat
  • May 18th Battle of Yellow Bayou, LA (Bayou de Glaize, Old Oaks)
  • May 19th Battle of Port Walthall Junction, VA (Bermuda Hundred)
  • May 19th Last engagement in series of battles known as Spotsylvania
  • May 19th Skirmish at Cassville Georgia
  • May 20th Battle at Ware Bottom Church, Virginia, 1,400 killed or injured
  • May 20th Spotsylvania campaign ends after 10,920 killed/injured
  • May 21st Gen David Hunter takes command of Dept of West Virginia
  • May 21st Russia declares an end to the Russian-Circassian War and many Circassians are forced into exile. The day is designated to be the Circassian Day of Mourning.
  • May 22nd Battle of N Anna River, VA (Totopotamy River, Haw's Shop, Hanovertown)
  • May 23rd Battle of Dallas, GA
  • May 23rd Battle of North Anna, Va, 1st of 3 days of fighting
  • May 25th Battle of New Hope Church, GA
  • May 26th -30] Skirmish along the Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia
  • May 26th Territory of Montana formed
  • May 27th Skirmish at Salem Church (Haw's Shop), Virginia
  • May 29th Mexican Emperor Maximilian arrives at Vera Cruz
  • May 30th Cavalry fight at Battle of Bethesda Church/Totopotomoy Creek Virginia during US Civil War
  • May 31st Raid at Morgan's Kentucky
  • Jun 1st -Nov] Shenandoah Valley campaign
  • Jun 1st Battle of Cold Harbor, VA (Gaines' Mill, Gaines' Farm)
  • Jun 1st Confederate cruiser Georgia sold to a British merchant in Liverpool.
  • Jun 2nd Battle of Cold Harbour, Day 2

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Jun 3rd General Robert E. Lee wins his last victory of Civil War at Battle of Cold Harbor

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • Jun 5th Battle of Piedmont, VA (Augusta City)
  • Jun 6th Battle of Lake Chicot, AR (Dutch Bayou)

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Jun 7th Abraham Lincoln renominated for US President by Republican Party

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • Jun 9th Battle of Big Shanty, GA
  • Jun 9th Battle of Kenesaw Mountain, GA (Pine Mt, Pine Knob, Golgotha)
  • Jun 10th Battle of Kellar's Bridge KY (Licking River)
  • Jun 11th -12] Battle of Trevillian Station, VA (Central Railroad)
  • Jun 11th 300' (90 m) of Meigg's Wharf washed away in storm
  • Jun 11th Battle at Cynthiana Kentucky: Gen Hobsons unit caught
  • Jun 11th Battle of Laurel Hill, WV
  • Jun 11th Confederate warship CSS Alabama runs into harbor of Cherbourg
  • Jun 12th Lee sends Early into Shenandoah Valley
  • Jun 12th Skirmish at Mcafee's Cross Road Georgia, about 57 dies in battle
  • Jun 14th US Union warship USS Kearsarge appears off Cherbourg
  • Jun 15th -17] Skirmish at Gilgal Church, Georgia
  • Jun 15th Battle for Petersburg begins as General Ulysses S. Grant assaults Confederate line
  • Jun 15th Capt Mendell begins building 640m long ponton bridge over James R Va
  • Jun 15th US Congress passes legislation equalizing pay for Black soldiers
  • Jun 15th Robert E. Lee's home area (Arlington, VA) becomes a military cemetery
  • Jun 16th Battle of Lynchburg, VA
  • Jun 16th Skirmish at Golgotha, Georgia
  • Jun 16th Union General Ulysses S. Grant begin siege of Petersburg, Va
  • Jun 17th -18] Confederate troops pull back out Solves/lost Mt, Georgia
  • Jun 17th 640m long ponton bridge over James River Virginia finished
  • Jun 17th General John B Hood replaces General Johnston
  • Jun 17th Skirmish at Mud Creek/Noyes's (Nose) Creek, Georgia
  • Jun 18th At Petersburg, Grant ends 4 days of assaults
  • Jun 19th CSS "Alabama" sunk by USS "Kearsarge" off Cherbourg, France
  • Jun 19th Skirmish at Pine Knob Georgia
  • Jun 20th Battle of Kinston NC & Battle of Abingdon VA
  • Jun 20th Battle of Petersburgs VA - in trenches
  • Jun 20th Skirmish at Lattermore's Mills/Powder Springs Georgia
  • Jun 21st New Zealand Wars: The Tauranga Campaign ends
  • Jun 22nd Battle of Ream's Station, VA (Wilson's Raid)
  • Jun 22nd Skirmish at Culp's (Kulp's) House, Georgia
  • Jun 25th Horse tramway at the Hague, opens
  • Jun 25th Petersburg Campaign-Federals begin digging tunnels under Reb lines
  • Jun 27th Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Kennesaw Mountain GA
  • Jun 29th Grand Trunk Railway accident; 100 killed
  • Jun 29th Samuel Crowther, bishop of Niger, becomes the first Black bishop of the Church of England
  • Jul 1st Battle of Petersburg, VA [->JUL 31] -front US3695 CS---
  • Jul 2nd Gen Early & Confederate forces reach Winchester en route to Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 2nd Statuary Hall in US Capitol forms
  • Jul 3rd Battle of Chattahoochie River, GA [until Jul 9]
  • Jul 3rd Harpers Ferry, WV - Federals evacuate in face of Early's advance
  • Jul 4th -9] Battle at Chattahoochee River, Georgia
  • Jul 5th Battle of Smith's Expedition, MS (Tupelo, Harrisburg)
  • Jul 6th Battle of Chattahoochee River, GA [->JUL 10] US730 CS600
  • Jul 7th S Middleton, MD -Early's Washington Raid-
  • Jul 8th The Shinsengumi sabotage the Choshu-han shishi's planned attack on Kyoto, Japan at Ikedaya. This event is known as Ikedaya Jiken.
  • Jul 9th Battle of Monocacy, MD US1959 CS400
  • Jul 11th Battle of Fort Stevens, DC (Early's Raid, Tennallytown, MD)
  • Jul 11th Confederate forces led by Gen J Early begin invasion of Wash DC
  • Jul 13th Early retreats from Washington City back to Shenandoah Valley
  • Jul 14th Gold is discovered in Helena, Montana
  • Jul 15th Troop train loaded with Confederate prisoners collided with a coal train killing 65 & injuring 109 of 955 aboard
  • Jul 17th CSA President Davis replaces Gen Joe Johnston with John Bell Hood
  • Jul 18th President Lincoln asks for 500,000 volunteers for milt service
  • Jul 19th Third Battle of Winchester, VA (Stephenson's Depot) [->JUL 20]
  • Jul 20th Battle at Stephenson's Depot Virginia: 200 killed or injured
  • Jul 20th Battle of Peachtree Creek-Atlanta Campaign
  • Jul 22nd Battle of Atlanta-Hood attacks Sherman, 8,449 Confederate and 3,641 US soldiers die
  • Jul 23rd Battle of Woodstock, VA
  • Jul 26th -31] Riot at McCook's to Lovejoy Station GA, US600 CS---
  • Jul 26th -31] Riot at Stoneman's to Macon GA, US1000 CS---