On This Day

Historical Events in December 1864

  • Dec 1 Raid at Stoneman: Knoxville, Tennessee to Saltville, Virginia
  • Dec 1 Skirmish at Millen Brutal, Georgia
  • Dec 2 Skirmish at Rocky Creek Church, Georgia
  • Dec 3 Skirmish at Thomas' Station, Georgia
  • Dec 4 Battle of Waynesborough (Brier Creek), Georgia
  • Dec 4 Romanian Jews are forbidden to practise law
  • Dec 6 Battle of Deveaux's Neck, South Carolina
  • Dec 7 Skirmish at Ebenezer Creek/Cypress Swamp, Georgia
  • Dec 8 Pope Pius IX publishes encyclical Quanta cura ("Syllabus errorum")

Historic Event

Dec 8 The Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is finally opened in Bristol, England, 5 years after his death

Historic Publication

Dec 8 James Clerk Maxwell's paper "A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field" is 1st read by the Royal Society in London (published by the Royal Society 1865)

Historic Siege

Dec 10 General Sherman's armies reach Savannah & 12 day siege begins

  • Dec 13 Battle of Fort McAllister, Georgia

Declaration of War

Dec 13 War of the Triple Alliance: Paraguay officially declares war on Brazil, invades the next day

  • Dec 14 War of the Triple Alliance: Paraguay invades the Brazilian province of Mato Grosso
  • Dec 15 Battle of Nashville, Tennessee: Union forces under General George Thomas shatters General John Bell Hood's Confederate Army of Tennessee
  • Dec 15 Raid on Stoneman: Abingdon & Glade Springs, Virginia
  • Dec 16 Battle of Nashville ends after 4400 causalities
  • Dec 20 -Dec 27th] Battle of Ft Fisher, NC
  • Dec 21 General Sherman conquers Savannah, Georgia
  • Dec 24 Battle of Gordonsville, Virginia
  • Dec 28 Battle of Egypt Station, Mississippi