On Aug. 28, Ulysses S. Grant takes early steps in his ascent to military fame. He is appointed commander of Federal forces for the district of southeastern Missouri at Cairo, Ill., where the Ohio and Mississippi rivers converge.
Gen. George Stoneman’s Union cavalry raids Greenville as he pursues Confederate President Jefferson Davis, who has fled the now-captured Richmond with visions of re-establishing Confederate operations west of the Mississippi River.
After abandoning Columbia, Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, the commander of Southern forces that had fired on Sumter four years earlier, briefly sets up his headquarters in the Century House in Ridgeway.