On This Day

Historical Events in December 1864

  • Dec 1 Raid at Stoneman: Knoxville, TN to Saltville, VA
  • 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")

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Book releaseHistoric 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

  • Dec 13 Battle of Fort McAllister, Georgia

BattleDeclaration of War

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

President of Paraguay Francisco Solano López
President of Paraguay
Francisco Solano López