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Civil War Timeline / Chronology for August 1864

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August 1, 1864 Phil Sheridan [US] is named commander, Army of the Shenandoah Virginia
  Philip Sheridan
August 3, 1864
August 23, 1864
Battle of Mobile Bay Alabama
  David Farragut
  Gordon Granger
  Battle of Mobile Bay
August 3, 1864 Gordon Granger lands on Dauphin Island and invests Fort Gaines, one of two forts defending Mobile Alabama
  Gordon Granger
  Battle of Mobile Bay
August 5, 1864 18 Union ships sail past the entrance to Mobile Bay. The C. S. S. Tennessee, prize ironclad of the Confederate Navy awaited the attack. As the U. S. S. Tecumseh sinks Admiral David Farragut orders "Damn the torpedoes, go ahead." His flag vessel Hartford took the lead. The ships destroyed the Confederate fleet Alabama
  Battle of Mobile Bay
  David Farragut
August 7, 1864 Battle of Moorefield. Last major engagement in West Virginia during the Civil War. West Virginia
  Jubal Early's Raid on Washington D. C.
August 8, 1864 Fort Gaines, at the entrance to Mobile Bay, surrenders Alabama
  Battle of Mobile Bay
August 9, 1864 Federals lay siege to Fort Morgan at Mobile Bay Alabama
  Battle of Mobile Bay
August 9, 1864 Explosion of an ordinance vessel rocks the wharves at City Point Virginia
August 10, 1864 Joe Wheeler [CS] begins raiding in North Georgia with his cavalry Georgia
August 14, 1864 Second battle of Dalton Georgia
August 17, 1864 General John Bankhead Magruder appointed commander of Confederate forces in Arkansas Arkansas
  John Magruder
August 18, 1864
August 19, 1864
Battle of the Weldon Railroad

After gaining the railroad, 5th Corps commander G. K. Warren [US] spread out over a mile of track, then turned north towards Petersburg, but the didn't get far before Henry Heth's [CS] Confederates stopped them. A counterattack by A. P. Hill the next day contained Warren's advances, but in the end federal troops still controlled the railroad
Virginia
  Siege of Petersburg
August 19, 1864 President Lincoln meets with Frederick Douglass for a second time. He asks for Douglass's assistance in moving slaves north in case the war is unsuccessful
  Abraham Lincoln
  Frederick Douglass
August 21, 1864 Forrest liberates Memphis

Almost 2,000 Confederates occupied Memphis for a few hours during the day, nearly capturing Major Generals Stephen Hurlbut and C. C. Washburn. The raid forced troops operating in the area to withdraw to Memphis, giving Forrest free reign to raid William Tecumseh Sherman's supply lines
Tennessee
  Nathan Bedford Forrest
August 23, 1864 Fort Morgan, last of the Confederate forts on Mobile Bay, falls into federal hands following a spectacular barrage Alabama
  Battle of Mobile Bay
August 25, 1864 Battle of Reams Station

A. P. Hill [CS] continued his attempts to retake the Weldon Railroad, a vital supply link from Petersburg to North Carolina. Hill drove back the 2nd Corps under General Winfield Scott Hancock and although the battle is considered to be a Southern victory, Hancock's men continued to hold its position on the railroad
Virginia
  Siege of Petersburg
  A. P. Hill
  Winfield Scott Hancock
August 27, 1864 Forward elements of Sherman's army move south to cut Hood's last supply line to Atlanta, the Macon and Western Railroad Georgia
  William Tecumseh Sherman
August 28, 1864 Almost 60,000 Union troops are moving south, west of Atlanta to Jonesboro, Georgia, trying to outflank John Bell Hood and cut the Macon and Western Railroad
August 29, 1864
August 31, 1864
Democrats nominate George B. McClellan for President and George H. Pendleton for Vice-president. Although the party platform called for an immediate end to the war McClellan advocated continuing the conflict.
  Election of 1864
  George McClellan
  Democratic Party
August 30, 1864 Sherman's army descends in force south of Atlanta. Hood responds by sending corps under Patrick Cleburne and Stephen Lee to defend the Macon and Western Railroad Georgia
  William Tecumseh Sherman
  John Bell Hood
  Patrick Cleburne
August 31, 1864
September 1, 1864
Battle of Jonesboro (Jonesborough), Georgia

In the final battle of the Atlanta Campaign, General William Hardee [CS] attacks O. O. Howard's [US] Army of the Tennessee west of the city of Jonesboro. North of the battle John Schofield cut the Macon and Western at Rough and Ready and Hood's Army was in jeopardy. The battle was joined the second day by large numbers of Union troops. Hardee withdraws at nightfall to join Hood at Lovejoy Station
Georgia
  John Bell Hood
  William Tecumseh Sherman
  Atlanta Campaign
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