Entries in Civil War (1864)

Petersburg II, Battle of
Also known as the Assault on Petersburg, some historians consider the Battle of Petersburg II, fought between June 15 - 18, 1864, to be the first engagement of the Petersburg Campaign. Continue Reading »
Pickett's Mill, Battle of
The Battle of Pickett's Mill was an encounter between Union forces commanded by Major General William T. Sherman and Confederate forces commanded by General Joseph E. Johnston on May 27, 1864 during the Atlanta Campaign. Continue Reading »
Pickett, George
A prominent Confederate commander during the American Civil War, George Edward Pickett is most remembered for leading a failed assault at Cemetery Ridge during the Battle of Gettysburg. Continue Reading »
Piedmont, Battle of
The Battle of Piedmont took place at Piedmont, Virginia on June 5, 1864 during the Lynchburg Campaign. Continue Reading »
Pierson, William Seward
William Seward Pierson was born on March 18, 1865 in Durham, Connecticut. He was a graduate of Yale University and eventually moved to Sandusky, Ohio, where he became mayor and a businessman. Pierson also was a member of the Science Lodge No.50, a Masonic organization, in Sandusky. Continue Reading »
Pillow, Gideon Johnson
A political appointee with little military experience prior to the American Civil War, Brigadier-General Gideon J. Pillow is most remembered for abandoning Fort Donelson in 1861 to avoid being captured by Federal soldiers. Continue Reading »
Pine Mountain, Battle of
The Battle of Pine Mountain, which also was known as the Battle of Pine Knob and the Battle of Pine Hill, was a relatively minor engagement between Union forces commanded by Major General William T. Sherman and Confederate forces commanded by General Joseph E. Johnston on June 14 and 15, 1864 during the Atlanta Campaign. Continue Reading »
Pleasant Hill, Battle of
The Battle of Pleasant Hill, fought on April 9, 1864, convinced Union General Nathaniel Banks to abandon his goal of capturing Shreveport, Louisiana during the Red River Campaign. Continue Reading »
Pleasonton, Alfred
A prominent Union cavalry officer, Major General Alfred Pleasonton commanded the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac during the Gettysburg Campaign. Continue Reading »
Polk, Leonidas
An ordained Episcopal bishop, Confederate Lieutenant General Leonidas Polk was killed by a Union artillery shell at Pine Mountain, near Marietta, Georgia, on June 14, 1864. Continue Reading »
Pope, John
Major General John Pope was a prominent and controversial army officer who commanded the Union Army of Virginia at the Battle of Bull Run II. Continue Reading »
Potts' Battery of Ohio Volunteer Artillery
In the American Civil War, Ohio provided the federal government with 260 regiments of men, including infantry, artillery, and cavalry units. Ohioans also served in several other regiments from other states, most notably from Kentucky, West Virginia, and Massachusetts, as well as in federal units. Continue Reading »
President Johnson's Executive Order Appointing John A. Bingham as a Special Judge-Advocate for the Prosecution of President Lincoln's Accused Assassins
On May 7, 1865, President Andrew John issued an executive order appointing John A. Bingham as a special judge-advocate for the prosecution of President Abraham Lincoln's accused assassins. Continue Reading »
President Lincoln's Executive Order Acknowledging the Service of the Ohio National Guard Who Recently Served In the Military Force of the United States as Volunteers for One Hundred Days
On September 10, 1864, President Lincoln issued an executive order acknowledging the patriotic and valuable service of Ohio National Guardsmen. Continue Reading »
President Lincoln's Executive Order for the "Arrest and Imprisonment of Irresponsible Newspaper Reporters and Editors"
On May 18, 1864, President Lincoln issued an executive order commanding Major General John A. Dix to arrest and imprison the editors, proprietors, and publishers of the New York World and New York Journal of Commerce newspapers for printing false stories giving comfort to the enemies of the U.S. Continue Reading »
President Lincoln's Executive Order Naming Ulysses S. Grant as Commander of U.S. Armies
On March 10, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln issued an executive order appointing Lieutenant-General Ulysses S. Grant to command the armies of the United States. Continue Reading »
President Lincoln's Executive Order Tendering Thanks to William T. Sherman
On September 3, 1864, President Lincoln issued an executive order offering the thanks of the nation to William T. Sherman for his successful campaign in Georgia that led to the capture of Atlanta. Continue Reading »
Price’s Hill Battery
With the Civil War’s outbreak, both the North and the South were ill prepared for the conflict. Ohio Governor William Dennison hoped to utilize the state’s militia forces to assist President Abraham Lincoln in reuniting the nation. Continue Reading »
Price, Sterling
Sterling Price was an antebellum governor of Missouri, United States Congressman, and prominent Confederate commander in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. Continue Reading »
Quantrill's Raiders
Quantrill's Raiders was a band of Confederate irregulars that employed guerrilla tactics to ambush Union army patrols and terrorize Northern sympathizers, primarily in Kansas during the Civil War. Continue Reading »

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