Historical Events in August 1864

  • Aug 1 Battle of Petersburg, VA
  • Aug 2 2nd Saratoga Racetrack (NY) opens
  • Aug 4 Land & naval action new Brazos Santiago, Texas

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Aug 5 US Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay won by the Union led by Rear Admiral Farragut with the cry "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"

US Civil War Admiral David Farragut
US Civil War Admiral
David Farragut
  • Aug 5 Spectrum of a comet observed for 1st time, by Giovanni Donati
  • Aug 6 Confederate forces evacuate Fort Powell in Mobile Bay, Alabama
  • Aug 7 Battle of Moorefield, WV
  • Aug 8 Comet C/1864 N1 (Tempel) approaches within 0.0964 AUs of Earth
  • Aug 8 Union troops/fleet occupy Fort Gaines, Alabama
  • Aug 9 Battle of Ft Morgan AL
  • Aug 13 Battle of Deep Bottom VA (Strawberry Plains) & Fussell's Mill VA
  • Aug 14 -16] Confederate General Joe Wheeler besieges Dalton, Georgia
  • Aug 14 2nd day of battle at Deep Bottom Run Virginia: Federal assault
  • Aug 15 Off New England coast, CSS Tallahassee captures 6 yankee schooners
  • Aug 16 Federal assault on 4th day of battle at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia
  • Aug 16 Palace for People's industry official opens in Amsterdam
  • Aug 18 6th day of battle at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia: Confederate assault
  • Aug 18 Petersburg Campaign-Battle of Weldon Railroad day 1 of 3 days
  • Aug 19 2nd day of battle at Globe Tavern, Virginia
  • Aug 20 8th/last day of battle at Deep Bottom Run Va (about 3,900 casualties)
  • Aug 21 BBT Charleston, SC [->DEC 31]
  • Aug 21 Battle at Globe Tavern, Virginia, ends after 2500 casualties
  • Aug 21 Battle of Grubbs Crossroads, KY
  • Aug 21 Battle of Summit Point, VA
  • Aug 21 Major Gen Nathan B Forrests assault on Memphis, Tennessee
  • Aug 22 First Geneva Convention adopted in Geneva "for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field"
  • Aug 23 Union troops/fleet occupy Fort Morgan, Alabama
  • Aug 25 Combination rail & ferry service available from San Francisco to Alameda
  • Aug 25 Petersburg Campaign-Battle of Ream's Station
  • Aug 28 The first Geneva Convention, governing rules of warfare, signed by 26 nations.
  • Aug 29 William Huggins discovers chemical composition of nebulae
  • Aug 31 Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Jonesboro Georgia, 1900 casualties