In eastern Kentucky, future U.S. President James A. Garfield wins a small but important Union victory
Brigadier-General Humphrey Marshall had been recruiting for the Confederacy in eastern Kentucky and had raised a force of around 2,000 men. Thirty year-old Colonel James A. Garfield was ordered to take his Union brigade and drive Marshall from the state. This he did after a small battle at Middle Creek in Floyd County. Deaths on both sides combined did not exceed a hundred but the Confederacy was driven from Kentucky and the Union moved closer to an invasion of eastern Tennessee. (By John Osborne)
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA: A. Winch, 1867), 18.