Tricounty News

Civil War digest: this week, 150 years ago Oct. 22-28, 1862



Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 1862

Cotton speculation caused President Abraham Lincoln to say that individuals purchasing the commodity should not impose terms not included in the Federal rules.

Fighting occurred at two points in Arkansas - Helena and Huntsville; at Van Buren, Mo.; Snickersville, Va.; and at Fort Wayne, Indian Territory.

Confederate cavalry under Colonel Joseph Wheeler took London, Ky.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 1862

General Braxton Bragg's Confederates passed into Tennessee through the Cumberland Gap on their retreat from Kentucky.

The C.S.S. Alabama continued to raid Federal shipping, adding frequently to its list of captures.

Skirmishing occurred at Clarkton, Mo.; Waverly and Richland Creek, Tenn.; and the Goose Creek Salt Works near Manchester, Ky., was destroyed by Federal troops.

Friday, Oct. 24, 1862

Federal Major General Don Carlos Buell was removed from Federal command in Kentucky and Tennessee because of the escape of Bragg's Confederates. He was replaced by Major General William S. Rosecrans.

Fighting occurred at Fayetteville, Ark.; Helena Island, S.C.; Manassas Junction and Bristoe Station, Va.; and White Oak Springs, Tenn.

Saturday, Oct. 25, 1862

Perturbed at the lack of action by the Army of the Potomac after the Battle of Antietam, President Abraham Lincoln sent a message to Major General George B. McClellan stating, "I have just ready your dispatch about sore tongued and fatiegued [sic] horses. Will you pardon me for asking what the horses of your army have done since the battle of Antietam that fatigue anything?"

Major General Ulysses S. Grant assumed command of the 13th Army Corps and the Department of the Tennessee.

Skirmishing occurred near Zuni, Va.; Lawrenceburg, Ky.; Donaldsonville, La.; Helena, Ark.; and near Pike Creek and Eleven Points, Mo.

Sunday, Oct. 26, 1862

The Federal Army of the Potomac began crossing the Potomac River into Virginia.

Confederate General Braxton Bragg completed his evacuation of Kentucky, retiring into Tennessee towards Knoxville and Chattanooga.

Federal Major General Samuel Heintzelman succeeded Major General Nathaniel P. Banks as commander of the defenses of Washington.

Monday, Oct. 27, 1862

Along the coasts, the blockade continued its vigilance, with two blockade-runners reported captured as the pressure on Confederate commerce increased. Fighting occurred at Fayetteville, Ark.; and at Georgia Landing, La.

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1862

The Federal Army of the Potomac continued its movement southward from Maryland into Virginia. The march was east of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the general direction of Warrenton, Va. Confederate General Robert E. Lee, in the Shenandoah, began shifting troops southward to avoid being flanked by Major General George B. McClellan.

Confederate Major General John C. Breckinridge assumed command of the Army of Middle Tennessee.

Fighting occurred at Oxford Bend on the White River near Fayetteville, Ark.; and at McGuire, Ark.

Where Minnesota Regiments were the week of Oct. 22-28, 1862

1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry - On duty at Harper's Ferry, western Virginia.

2nd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry - Marched to Bowling Green, Ky.

3rd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry - On duty at Fort Snelling, Minn.

4th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry - On duty in Ripley, Miss.

5th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry - Companies B, C and D remained in Minnesota and Dakota Territory on garrison duty. The remaining companies were on duty in Ripley, Miss.

6th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry - On garrison duty at Fort Snelling, Glencoe, Forest City and Kingston until February 1863.

7th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry - On garrison duty in Mankato and other points in Minnesota until June 1863.

8th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry - On frontier duty at various points in Minnesota: Anoka, Princeton, Monticello, Kingston, Manannah, Paynesville, Fort Ripley, Sauk Center, Pomme de Terre, Alexandria and Fort Abercrombie until May 1864.

9th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry - On garrison duty in various frontier Minnesota communities until June 1863.

10th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry - Regiment on detached service for garrison duty at various outposts in frontier Minnesota until June 1863.

1st Regiment Minnesota Cavalry "Mounted Rangers" - Organized at St. Cloud, St. Peter and Fort Snelling for frontier duty against Indians until June 1863.

Brackett's Battalion of Minnesota Cavalry - On duty at Clarksville, Tenn.

1st Minnesota Light Artillery Battery - On duty in Ripley, Miss.

2nd Independent Battery, Minnesota Light Artillery - Marched to Nashville, Tenn.

2nd United States Sharpshooters, Company A - In camp near Sharpsburg, Md.