Historical Events in October 1864

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

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

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

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

BattleBattle of Interest

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

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