On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag November 8, 1817 - Claudius W. Sears, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Peru, Massachusetts (d. 1891) November 8, 1829 - Samuel Wylie Crawford, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania (d. 1892) November 8, 1830 - Oliver Otis Howard, American Major General (Union Army), born in Leeds, Maine November 8, 1836 - Democrat Martin van Buren defeats Whigs William Henry Harrison, Hugh Lawson White, and Daniel Webster to become President November 8, 1861 - Brig. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, USA, commanding the Dept. of the Cumberland, expresses his opinion that fugitive slaves must be delivered by upon an application of their masters, in conformity to the laws of the state of Kentucky. November 8, 1861 - Engagement at Ivy Mountain and skirmish at Piketon, or Fry Mountain, KY, Brig. Gen. William Nelson, USA, fighting Col. John Williams, CSA. (Nov 8-9) November 8, 1861 - Federal reconnaissance on Hilton Head, SC, toward Beauford, by the recently landed Union troops, under Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Sherman, USA. November 8, 1861 - Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA, assumes the command of the Dept. of South Carolina, Georgia and East Florida. November 8, 1861 - Revolt of the Unionists in East Tennessee, with the destruction of railroad bridges and uprising against the Confederate troops there under by Brig. Gen. Felix Zollicoffer, CSA. (Nov 8-9) November 8, 1861 - The capture and burning of the schooner, CSS Royal Yacht, in the Bolivar Channel, off Galveston Harbor, TX, by the frigate, the USS Santee. November 8, 1861 - November 10, 1861- With the approach of a significant Union force in Kentucky, Unionists in East Tennessee revolted, burning railroad bridges to delay a Rebel advance. November 8, 1861 - British mail packet Trent, carrying James M. Mason and John Slidell, Confederate commissioners to London and Paris, is halted in the Bahama Channel by the U.S. warship San Jacinto. November 8, 1862 - John George Walker, C.S.A. is appointed Maj. Gen. November 8, 1862 - Skirmish at Cove Creek, AR. November 8, 1862 - Skirmishes at Marianna and La Grange, AR. November 8, 1862 - The CSS Alabama continues plundering Union shipping by burning the T.B. Wales, in the Atlantic, near Bermuda. November 8, 1862 - Skirmish near Cato, KS. November 8, 1862 - Skirmish at Burkesville, KY. November 8, 1862 - Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, USA, is assigned to the command of the Dept. of the Gulf, LA, replacing Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, USA, who had earned a despicable reputation for his treatment of the citizens of New Orleans, LA, as President Lincoln continues to reshuffle his high command of officers. November 8, 1862 - Federal expedition into the southern part of Missouri and the northern part of Arkansas. (Nov 8-13) November 8, 1862 - Brig. Gen. William Henry Chase Whiting, CSA, is assigned to the command of the defenses of the Cape Fear River, NC. November 8, 1862 - Skirmish on the Cumberland River, near Gallatin, TN. November 8, 1862 - Federal reconnaissance from La Grange, TN, and skirmishes at Old Lamar and Hudsonville, MS, by Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA. (Nov 8-9) November 8, 1862 - Skirmish at Hazel River, VA. November 8, 1862 - Skirmish at Little Washington, VA. November 8, 1862 - Skirmish at Rappahannock Station, VA. November 8, 1862 - Affair near Snickersville, VA. November 8, 1862 - Skirmish near Warrenton, VA. November 8, 1862 - Col. John Daniel Imboden's, CSA, expedition from his camp on South Fort, Hardy County, into Tucker County, WV, and the capture of Saint George. (Nov 8-14) November 8, 1863 - Skirmish at Clarksville, AR. November 8, 1863 - Skirmish at Bayou Tunica, or Tunica Bend, LA. November 8, 1863 - Skirmish at Vermillionville, LA, with Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin, USA. November 8, 1863 - Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge, CSA, supersedes Lieut. Gen. Daniel H. Hill, CSA, in the command of the 2nd Confederate Army Corps, the Army of Tennessee, in part due to Hill's inability to get along with Gen. Braxton Bragg, CSA. November 8, 1863 - Skirmish at Warrenton, or Sulphur, Springs, VA, as Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, USA, moves the Army of the Potomac forward, including the following 5 skirmishes: Brandy Station, VA. Jeffersonton, VA. Muddy Run, near Culpeper Court-House, VA. Rixeyville, VA. Stevensburg, VA. November 8, 1863 - Skirmish at Second Creek, on the road to Union, WV, with Brig. Gen. William W. Averell, USA. November 8, 1864 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing. November 8, 1864 - Republican Abraham Lincoln defeats Democrat George McClellan to serve a second term as President of the United States. Andrew Johnson, a unionist from Tennessee is his Vice President. November 8, 1876 - A train carrying Presidential election votes from Florida is derailed.