Historical Events in October 1864

  • 1st Cyclone strikes Calcutta: 70,000 killed
  • 1st John S Staples is paid $500 as a substitute for President Lincoln
  • 2nd Battle of Saltville, VA
  • 4th National black convention meets (Syracuse NY)
  • 4th New Orleans Tribune, 1st black daily newspaper, forms
  • 5th Battle of Allatoona, 1/3 of Union troops die repulsing South
  • 5th Most of Calcutta destroyed by cyclone (approx 60,000 die)
  • 7th -Oct 13th) Battle of Darbytown Road, VA
  • 7th Naval Engagement at Bahia Harbor, Brazil - CSS Florida vs USS Wachusett

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9th Battle of Tom's Brook; Confederate cavalry that harassed Sheridan's campaign is beaten by General Custer & Merrit's cavalry divisions

  • 11th Slavery abolished in Maryland
  • 11th Campina Grande, Brazil was established as a city.
  • 13th Battle at Darbytown Road Virginia (337 casualties)
  • 13th Battle of Dalton, GA - surrendered

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13th Battle of Harpers Ferry, WV (Mosby's Raid)

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John Singleton Mosby
  • 13th Maryland voters adopt new constitution, including abolition of slavery
  • 15th Confederate troops occupy Glasgow, Missouri
  • 19th Approx 25 Confederates make surprise attack on St Albans, Vermont
  • 19th Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia, Union beats back Conf attackers
  • 19th US Brigadier General Emory Upton (25) promoted to Major General
  • 20th US President Lincoln formally establishes Thanksgiving as a national holiday
  • 21st Battle of Westport, MO (Kansas City)
  • 23rd Battle of Westport, Missouri: Union General Samuel R Curtis defeats Confederate General Stirling Price
  • 25th Battle of Marais Des Cygnes River, Kansas (Mine Creek)
  • 25th Skirmish at Mine Creek, KS & Turkeytown, AL
  • 26th Union troops ambush & kill 'Bloody' Bill Anderson near Albany, Missouri
  • 27th Battle of Boydton Plank Road, VA (Burgess' Mill, Southside Railroad)
  • 27th 2nd Battle of Fair Oaks, Va near Richmond
  • 27th Confederate ship Albemarle torpedoed and sunk by a spar torpedo mounted on a steam launch
  • 27th Siege of Petersburg, VA
  • 28th Second Battle of Newtonia (American Civil War), Newton County, Missouri
  • 28th Second Battle at Fair Oaks, Virginia, ends with 1554 casualties
  • 28th Battle of Wauhatchie, TN
  • 29th Greek parliament accept new Constitution
  • 30th Helena, Montana's capital, founded
  • 31st Nevada admitted as 36th state of the Union