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This Week In Military History — November 4th – November 10th

November 4th

On this day in 1864, at the Battle of Johnsonville, Tennessee, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest subjects a Union supply base to a devastating artillery barrage that destroys millions of dollars in materiel.


November 5th

On this day in 1862,a tortured relationship ends when President Abraham Lincoln removes General George B. McClellan from command of the Army of the Potomac. McClellan ably built the army in the early stages of the war but was a sluggish and paranoid field commander who seemed unable to muster the courage to aggressively engage Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.


November 6th

On this day in 1917, after three months of horrific fighting, the Third Battle of Ypres finally ends when Canadian forces take the village of Passchendaele in Belgium.

November 7th

On this day in 1861, Union forces under Ulysses S. Grant overrun a Confederate camp at the Battle of Belmont, Missouri, but are forced to flee when additional Confederate troops arrive. Although Grant claimed victory, the Union gained no ground and left the Confederates in firm control of that section of the Mississippi River.

November 8th

For action this day in 1965, in the Iron Triangle northwest of Saigon, Specialist Five Lawrence Joel, a medic with the 1st Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade earns the Medal of Honor, becoming the first living African American since the Spanish-American War to receive the nation’s highest award for valor.

November 9th

On this day in 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt establishes a naval base in the Philippines at Subic Bay, on territory won from Spain during the Spanish-American War.


November 10th

On this day in 1775, Congress authorizes the establishment of two battalions of sea going Marines. Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is considered the ancestral home.

Suggested Reading:

Passchendaele in Perspective: The Third Battle of Ypres By Peter Liddle

The Battle of Belmont: Grant Strikes South By Nathaniel Hughes Jr.

USMC: United States Marine Corps- A Complete History By John J. Hoffman


Jeremy Scott is a 36-year-old military history buff from Houston, Texas. He has been interested in military history since the age of 8 years old. His interests are the Napoleonic era, the American Civil War, and both World wars I and II. He has a deep respect for the “boots on the ground” the common military soldier, and hopes that his humble writings interest those soldiers. If you have a twitter account, you can follow him @UncleBubba80

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