ON THIS DAY IN CONFEDERATE HISTORY, Dec. 4.
1861: Confederate General John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky is expelled from the U.S. Senate for joining the Confederate Army. Breckinridge had some military experience in the Mexican-American War and he proved a be a competent battlefield commander initially leading a brigade of Kentucky infantry that gained fame as the "Orphan Brigade."
In St. Louis, Missouri, Federal General Henry Halleck authorizes the arrest of anyone speaking in support of secession.
In Great Britain, Queen Victoria, during the Trent Crisis, bans exports to the United States including armaments.
1862: Clashes near Fredericksburg, Virginia between Confederates and Federals occur along the Rappahannock River, Stone's River near Stewart's Ferry.
Also, on this day in 1862, Nathan Bedford Forrest was appointed a major general. With no prewar military training or experience, he bewildered and amazed his Northern opponents and revolutionized cavalry tactics.
1864: Confederate Cavalry and Federal Cavalry clashed near Waynesborough, Georgia. Other clashes with Sherman's bummers occur along the Georgia Central Railroad at Statesboro and Lumpkin Station, as well as on the Ogeechee River.
In Tennessee, Confederate cavalry hit Federal outposts around Nashville at Whites Station and Bell's Mills.
CONFEDERATE GENERAL BIRTHDAYS, Dec. 4.
Major General William Wing Loring was born on this day in 1818, in Wilmington, North Carolina. He gained military experience as a teenager in the Florida Militia in the Seminole Wars. In the Mexican-American War, he served as a major with two brevets to colonel. He was wounded three times and lost an arm. In the War for Southern Independence, he served as a major general in the Confederate Army. His battles included the Western Virginia Campaign, the Vicksburg Campaign, Champions Hill, Ezra Church, Franklin, Nashville, and the Carolina Campaign. Following the war, Loring continued his military career in the Egyptian War and was in the Battle of Gura. He returned to the United States after nine years he wrote two books, lived in New York City where died on Dec. 30, 1886, and was buried in Loring Park in St. Augustine, Florida but his ashes were moved to Craig Funeral Home Memorial Park on Aug. 24, 2020.