On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag December 1, 1826 - William Mahone, Major General (Confederate Army), born Southampton County, VA. (d. 1895) December 1, 1832 - Archibald Gracie III, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in New York City. (d. 1864) December 1, 1835 - Micah Jenkins, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born on Edisto Island, SC. (d. 1864) December 1, 1860 - Robert Anderson makes his third request for reinforcements at Fort Moultrie. December 1, 1861 - Skirmishes near Camp Goggin, KY. (Dec 1-2) December 1, 1861 - Federal gunboat demonstrations on Fort Holt, KY. December 1, 1861 - Operations about Mills Springs and Somerset, KY, with Brig. Gen. Albin Schoeph, USA battling Brig. Gen. Felix K. Zollicoffer, CSA. (Dec 1-13) December 1, 1861 - Skirmish at Whippoorwill Creek, KY. December 1, 1861 - Skirmish at Shanghai, MO. December 1, 1861 - The hanging of the Pro-Union bridge-burners in East Tennessee. (Dec 1-12) December 1, 1862 - On the first day of the new Congress President Abraham Lincoln proposes 3 amendments to the U. S. Constitution. First, all slaves would be gradually emancipated until 1900. Second, slaves freed during the war would remain free. Third, the United States would pay for consensual colonization. December 1, 1862 - Skirmish at Hudsonville, MS. December 1, 1862 - Skirmishes about Oxford, MS. (Dec 1-3) December 1, 1862 - Skirmish on the Yocknapatalfa, near Mitchell's Cross-Roads, MS. December 1, 1862 - Skirmish near Nolensville, TN. December 1, 1862 - Skirmish at Beaver Dam Church, VA. December 1, 1862 - Federal reconnaissance to Grove Church, near Hartwood, VA. December 1, 1862 - Federal expedition to Westmoreland County, VA. (Dec 1-4) December 1, 1862 - Federal expedition toward Logan Court-House, WV. (Dec 1-10) December 1, 1862 - Skirmish at Romney, WV. December 1, 1863 - Battle of Ripley, Mississippi December 1, 1863 - In a letter to Jefferson Davis, Braxton Bragg admits that he (and Davis) erred in leaving him in command after Chickamauga. December 1, 1863 - Skirmish near Benton, AR. December 1, 1863 - Skirmish at Devall's Bluff, AR, with guerrillas. December 1, 1863 - Affairs at Mount Sterling and Jackson, KY, where Maj. Gen. Samuel Jones, CSA, reports the Confederates attacked and burned $700,000 worth of stores at Mount Sterling and Jackson, capturing 250 horses, inflicting 100 Union casualties, without losing a man. (Dec 1-10) December 1, 1863 - Skirmish at Salyersville, KY, as the Confederates attack the Union outpost there. December 1, 1863 - Federal operations about Natchez, MS, and skirmish (Dec 7), as Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson, USA, commanding the 17 US Army Corps, attacks Brig. Gen. Wirt Adams, CSA, at Camp Cotton, forcing a Confederate retreat. (Dec 1-10) December 1, 1863 - Affair with the Ponca Indians, near Niobrara, the Nebraska Territory. December 1, 1863 - Skirmish at Cedar Point, NC. December 1, 1863 - Skirmish near Maynardville, TN, with Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, USA, the Knoxville, TN, Campaign. December 1, 1863 - Federal scouts from Pulaski, TN, and skirmishes, with Confederate cavalry near Florence and at Rawhide with Rebels prisoners. December 1, 1863 - Skirmish at Jennings' Farm, near Ely's Ford, VA. December 1, 1863 - Skirmish near Jonesville, VA, as the attacking Federal cavalry arriving from Cumberland Gap, force some of Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler's, CSA, Cavalry to retreat in confusion, losing men, lives, horses, etc. to the Yankees. December 1, 1863 - The Army of the Potomac, under Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, USA, retires across the Rapidan River, after the Federal repulse at Mine Run, VA, and goes into winter quarters, ending the Mine Run Campaign that began on Nov 26. December 1, 1863 - Reputed Confederate spy, Belle Boyd, is released from prison at Washington, DC, and sent to Richmond, VA, due to her suffering from typhoid fever, and warned never to return to the Union lines. December 1, 1864 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing. December 1, 1864 - Operations in Central Arkansas. (Dec 1-31) December 1, 1864 - Federal expedition down the Arkansas River to Pine Bluff, AR. December 1, 1864 - Skirmish near Cypress Creek, Perry County, AR, with guerrillas. December 1, 1864 - Federal expedition against guerrillas from Helena, AR, to Friar's Point, MS. (Dec 1-5) December 1, 1864 - Skirmish at Millen's (or Shady) Grove, GA, as Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA, has completed more than half of his March to the sea at Savannah, GA, facing little Confederate resistance along the way. December 1, 1864 - Operations in the vicinity of Waynesville, MO, with skirmish (Dec 2) on the Big Piney, with bushwhackers. (Dec 1-3) December 1, 1864 - Operations against Cheyenne Indians in the Nebraska Territory, with skirmish (Dec 8) 6 miles east of Plum Creek, with the Indians who attacked a wagon train. (Dec 1-31) December 1, 1864 - The designation of the Federal Dept. of the Susquehanna is changed to the Dept. of Pennsylvania. December 1, 1864 - Operations about Nashville, TN, where Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield, USA, combines forces with the well entrenched Maj. Gen. George Thomas, USA, against the pursuing Lieut. Gen. John B. Hood, CSA, and the Confederate Army of Tennessee, who is not far behind. (Dec 1-14) December 1, 1864 - Action of Owen's Cross-Roads, TN. December 1, 1864 - Federal expedition to Stony Creek Station, and skirmish, the Richmond, VA, Campaign. December 1, 1864 - President Abraham Lincoln appoints James Speed from Kentucky to replace Edward Bates, who recently resigned, as US Attorney General. December 1, 1876 - After two weeks of public hearings the Louisiana state "returning board" meets in secret session to decide the fate of votes in all counties. They disallow 13,211 votes for Tilden and 2,412 for Hayes. December 1, 1892 - Lucius E. Polk, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 59 in Columbia, TN.