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1863/01/01Emancipation Proclamation goes into effect. (Lincoln)
1863/01/01Confederate warships under Major Leon Smith, CSA, defeated blockading forces at Galveston in a fierce attack combined with an assault ashore by Confederate troops that resulted in the capture of the Union company stationed there. Smith's flotilla included the improvised cotton-clad gunboats C.S.S. Bayou City. and Neptune., with Army sharpshooting boarding parties embarked, and tenders John F. Carr. and Lucy Gwin.. The Union squadron, under Commander William B. Renshaw, was caught off guard. Despite the surprise, USS Harriet Lane, Commander Jonathan M. Wainwright, put up a gallant fight. She rammed Bayou City, but without much damage. In turn she was rammed by Neptune, which was so damaged by the resulting impact and a shot from Harriet Lane taken at the waterline that she sank in eight feet of water. Bayou City., meanwhile, turned and rammed Harriet Lane so heavily that the two ships could not be separated. The troops from the cotton-clad clambered over the bulwarks to board Harriet Lane. Commander Wainwright was killed in the hand-to-hand combat and his ship captured. In the meantime, Westfield, Commander Renshaw, had run aground in Bolivar Channel prior to the action, could not be gotten off, and was destroyed to prevent her capture. Renshaw and a boat crew were killed when Westfield blew up prematurely. The small ships comprising the remainder of the blockading force ran through heavy Confederate fire from ashore and stood out to sea. (ORN)
1863/01/01The list of casualties on board USS Harriet Lane., at Galveston included R. J. Richardson, assistant paymaster. Rear Admiral Farragut, on February 26, 1863, reported the arrival of six officers and 77 men of the crew of Harriet Lane.. The crew members reported at Port Hudson under a flag of truce, having marched 100 miles from Houston, Texas. Among the officers was Paymaster R. Julius Richardson. (ORN)
1863/01/01Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/01/02Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/01/03Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/01/04Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/01/05Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/01/06Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/01/07Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/01/08REDUCED IN NUMBER - Of the 98 enlisted men that originally composed Co. I [5th Regiment], ... there are now present with the company but three non-commissioned officers and 18 privates. The loss of this company by battle has not been so great as that of two or three other companies in the same regiment, but the diseases incident to military life have thinned its ranks considerably. It will be remembered that this company lost twelve of its original members, killed, wounded and missing, at Savage Station, and six at the late battle of Fredericksburg. (Rutland Herald, January 8, 1863)
1863/01/08Acting Master's Mate Abram H. Hicks accompanied Lieutenant William B. Cushing in an unsuccessful attempt to capture Wilmington pilots on the Cape Fear and Little rivers. The expedition did manage to capture an earthwork fort previously held by a company of enemy infantry, and skirmished again a ways up the river, only returning because they ran out of ammunition. (ORN)
1863/01/08Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/01/09Commander Emmons, off Mobile Bay, offers to take his ship, USS R. R. Cuyler, in search of C.S.S. Alabama and the captured USS Harriet Lane. (ORN)
1863/01/09Rear-Admiral Farragut, at New Orleans, ordered Commander Colvocoresses, US Storeship Supply to proceed to Pensacola and report to the senior naval officer there, take in as ballast all the old iron not required at the yard by Commodore Smith, and after the close of an investigation into the collision of his vessel with USS Oneida, proceed to New York. (ORN)
1863/01/09Gunboats under Rear Admiral D. D. Porter, with troops embarked, compelled the surrender of Fort Hindman (Arkansas Post) on the Arkansas River. (NavHist)
1863/01/09Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/01/10Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/01/11Commander Emmons, USS R. R. Cuyler, felt obligated to stay with Rear Admiral Wilkes' group, instead of returning to blockade duty, 'providing I can obtain here [in Key West] what I absolutely require-anchor, coal, oil, and provisions; and in regard to oil I shall have to go into the marker; I find none here in store to spare. (ORN)
1863/01/11Acting Assistant Surgeon Egbert H. Allis, at New Orleans, reported on the destruction by fire of the USS Westfield, stating that the pay roll and other papers in the safe were saved, but 'many books and several files of papers were unavoidably left behind.' (ORN)
1863/01/11C.S.S. Alabama, Captain Raphael Semmes, sank USS Hatteras, Lieutenant Commander Homer C. Blake, after a heated and close night engagement some thirty miles off Galveston. (ORN)
1863/01/11CSS Alabama, Captain R. Semmes, engaged and sank USS Hatteras, Lieutenant Commander H. C. Blake, off Galveston. (NavHist)
1863/01/11Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/01/12Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/01/13Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/01/148th Regiment engaged with Steamer 'Cotton.' (Battles)
1863/01/14First Sergeant Squire E. Howard, Co. H, 8th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1863/01/14Joint Army-Navy forces attacked Confederate positions at Bayou Teche, Louisiana, compelling a Southern withdrawal and the subsequent destruction of gunboat CSS Cotton. (NavHist)
1863/01/15USS R. R. Cuyler, Commander Emmons, signaled USS Susquehanna, Captain Thorton Jenkins, 'a vessel supposed to be the Oreto, or Florida, lying under Fort Morgan, inside of Mobile Bay, and apparently ready for sea.' Confirming the identity of the rebel raider, Commodore Hitchcock sent a signal to the squadron 'to keep up full steam, that the enemy was in sight and appeared to be ready for sea.' Hitchcock ordered USS Pembina, Lieutenant Commander Temple, to tell USS R. R. Cuyler, Commander Emmons and USS Pinola, that they would be the principal chasing vessels if the Oreto ran out during the night. (ORN)
1863/01/15Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/01/16About 3 a.m., USS Pembina, Lieutenant Commander Temple, signaled that C.S.S. Florida, Lieutenant John N. Maffitt, was running the blockade out of Mobile after having remained in that port for some 4 months in order to complete repairs to her equipment. Confusion in the blockading fleet enabled Florida to escape, for the Confederate commerce raider passed within 300 yards of R. R. Cuyler, Commander Emmons. (ORN)
1863/01/17CSS Josiah Bell and Uncle Ben captured USS Morning Light and Velocity, temporarily lifting the blockade of Sabine Pass, Texas. (NavHist)
1863/01/2014th and 16th Regiments were at Fairfax Station January 20 through March 24. (Dyer)
1863/01/2012th Regiment on duty at Wolf Run Shoals until May 1. (Dyer)
1863/01/20Rear Admiral F. H. Gregory ordered Chief Engineer Edward D. Robie, to superintend the transportation from New York to Port Royal, S.C., of experimental rafts and shells on board USS Ericsson, and report to Rear Admiral Du Pont, commanding South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. (ORN)
1863/01/22Acting Rear Admiral Lee, onboard USS Minnesota off Newport News, Va., requested Ericsson rafts for each of the ironclads intended for use in his attack against Wilmington, N.C. In addition, 'if there is time, and their services are available, it will be well to take advantage of the experience and efficiency of Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Faucon and (Chief) Engineer Robie to take these rafts down. (ORN)
1863/01/23USS Pembina, Lieutenant Commander Temple, departed blockading duties off Mobile for Pensacola. (ORN)
1863/01/26Acting Master's Mate Abram H. Hicks, commanding schooner Edwards, was ordered to proceed to special duty at Elizabeth City, N.C. 'for the purpose of inaugurating a system of exercises for the large guns temporarily put there for the protection of Elizabeth City.' (ORN)
1863/01/26Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/01/27Rear Admiral Gregory informed Rear Admiral Du Pont, that he had dispatched the chartered steamer Ericsson 'by order of the Navy Department with several rafts, bombs, etc., constructed for the purpose of destroying and clearing harbor obstructions, etc.' He further stated that Chief Engineer Robie would report to Du Pont with detailed information. (ORN)
1863/01/28Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/01/29R. W. Shufeldt, Consul-General at Havana, Cuba, reported USS R. R. Cuyler, Commander Emmons and USS Santiago de Cuba departed Cienfuegos for Kingston, searching for the Confederate raider Alabama. (ORN)
1863/01/30USS Commodore Perry and Army troops severed Confederate supply lines to Richmond via the Perquimans River, North Carolina. (NavHist)
1863/01/31USS Pembina, Lieutenant Commander Temple, returned to blockading duties off Mobile from Pensacola. (ORN)
1863/01/31CSS Palmetto State and Chicora attacked the blockading fleet off Charleston; USS Mercedita and Keystone State were heavily damaged and struck their flags. (NavHist)
1863/01/31Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/02/01Chandler Watts, Co. E, wrote his friend, Raelzo S. Watson, of Stowe, from Fort Slocum, Washington. (Watts)
1863/02/03USS R. R. Cuyler, Commander Emmons, was off Lobos Cay, on the north side of Cuba; Emmons reported of his unsuccessful cruise in search of Confederate cruisers. (ORN)
1863/02/03Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/02/06Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/02/07George Benedict, 12th Regiment: 'Our camp is on a knoll from which the men have cleared the pine trees. It is much narrower in its limits than our former fine camp near Fairfax, and it is less attractive in almost every particular.' (Army Life)
1863/02/08Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slocum, D.C. (more)
1863/02/08Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/02/10Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slocum, D.C. (more)
1863/02/10USS Cyane, Captain Simon B. Bissell, was ordered to remain at San Francisco after her arrival, due to apprehensions 'in regard to the passage of a rebel steamer by the forts in San Francisco Harbor in a fog, or in a dark night.' (ORN)
1863/02/11Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slocum, D.C. (more)
1863/02/11Arriving in Key West, Florida, Command Emmons, commanding USS R. R. Cuyler, reported he had 'visited many places, overhauled a great many vessels, and circumnavigated the island of Cuba without falling in with a rebel vessel. (ORN)
1863/02/11Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/02/13Peter Rock, Co. L, 1st Vt. Cav., deserted on this date and joined the Confederate States Army under the name of Thomas Burnham. He was captured, sent to Washington for trial on January 19, 1864. (Rock)
1863/02/13Pvt Samuel W. Elliott, Co. M, 1st Vt Cav., died of disease; he was buried in Alexandria National Cemetery, VA (Cemetery database)
1863/02/14USS Queen of the West grounded in the Black River and was abandoned under heavy fire. (NavHist)
1863/02/16J. C. Williams, 14th Regiment, wrote: "The troops in this vicinity are still on the move to the front." (more)
1863/02/161st Vt. Cav. was involved in the Defenses of Washington at Goose Creek on this date. (Dyer)
1863/02/162nd Inf. in camp near White Oak Church, VA (Prior diary)
1863/02/177th Regiment at Oakfield, Fla. (Dyer)
1863/02/17Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/02/18CPL Alonzo E. Root, Co. I, 14th Vt. Inf., died of disease; he was buried in Barber Cemetery, Charlotte (Cemetery database)
1863/02/19J. C. Williams, 14th Regiment, wrote: "Not much drilling for the past few days, in consequence of the bad state of the weather." (more)
1863/02/20J. C. Williams, 14th Regiment, wrote: "Another pleasant day, and the mud is drying up." (more)
1863/02/20Edward Fisk, 13th Regiment: 'I went on picket. Was stationed at what we call 'Sally Davis's Ford,' about two miles down the Occoquan from our camp. This is an important post and there are some twenty men to guard it, though there is not much danger of any one crossing the river to-day as the water is nearly bank high owing to heavy rains. It is a pleasant day, but cold--almost like a bright winter day in Vt..' (Fisk)
1863/02/21Rear-Admiral Farragut reported that USS R. R. Cuyler, Commander Emmons, as having problems with her engineers, which would be investigated when Cuyler returned from the West Indies. (ORN)
1863/02/21Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/02/22Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slocum, D.C. (more)
1863/02/22Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/02/24J. C. Williams, 14th Regiment, wrote: "Very dull in camp to-day, winter in earnest. The ground has been covered with snow for several days." (more)
1863/02/24CSS William H. Webb and Queen of the West engaged and sank ram USS Indianola below Warrenton, Mississippi. (NavHist)
1863/02/24Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/02/26J. C. Williams, 14th Regiment, wrote: "Our camp is seeming quite dreary at present. The snow has fallen to the depth of a foot." (more)
1863/02/26Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/02/27Pvt Addison Bowley, Co. C, 3rd Vt Inf., died of disease; he was buried in Soldiers' Home National Cemetery, Washington, DC (Cemetery database)
1863/02/28J. C. Williams, 14th Regiment, wrote: "Have again received a box of luxuries from home, and fear that I shall have to report to the surgeon in the morning." (more)
1863/02/28USS Montauk, Wissahickon, Seneca, and Dawn shelled and destroyed blockade runner Rattlesnake (formerly CSS Nashville) under the guns of Fort McAllister, Georgia. For more than a month, Union ironclads had been bombarding the fort guarding the approaches to Savannah. (NavHist)
1863/02/28Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/01J. C. Williams, 14th Regiment, wrote: "Dull in camp to-day, army still inactive, and hope that a movement somewhere will soon be effected to dispel the gloom which is hanging like a pall over our country." (more)
1863/03/01Acting Midshipman Charles H. Humphrey is promoted 2nd Lieutenant, US Marine Corps, and is stationed at Marine Barracks, Cairo, Ill. (ORN)
1863/03/03Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slocum, D.C. (more)
1863/03/03President Lincoln signed the first Conscription Act, requiring the enrollment of all males between the ages of 20 and 45. (Lincoln)
1863/03/03Commander Emmons, USS R. R. Cuyler, reporting from Havana, told Acting Rear Admiral Wilkes that he had 'had a tedious time with the machinery of this vessel, and just as I have finished and prepared to join you, I learn upon my arrival here that orders were sent over to Key West last night for me, from Admiral Farragut, to return to my blockade duty in his squadron. (ORN)
1863/03/04Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/05J. C. Williams, 14th Regiment, wrote: "Drilling this week six hours each day." (more)
1863/03/05Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/06J. C. Williams, 14th Regiment, wrote: "A rumor is afloat that old Stuart is again in this vicinity, and marching orders have been received." (more)
1863/03/06Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/07J. C. Williams, 14th Regiment, wrote: "The orders of yesterday have been countermanded, and news has come that the programme is changed, and instead of an advance movement by Stuart, he has retreated across the Rappahannock with his whole force." (more)
1863/03/07Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/08J. C. Williams, 14th Regiment, wrote: More wet weather, which makes it so muddy that there is no drilling." (more)
1863/03/08USS R. R. Cuyler, Commander Emmons, returned to Mobile from Key West, and resumed blockade duty. Reporting to Admiral Farragut the next day, he said 'I think I can intercept some of these blockade runners to the southward of this, or perhaps intercept anything that may have run out past the squadron at night. (ORN)
1863/03/08Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/09J. C. Williams, 14th Regiment, wrote: "Important news this morning. Another raid by Mosby last night, and the capture of our Brigadier, Gen. E. H. Stoughton, at Fairfax Court House, five miles from his brigade." (more)
1863/03/09Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/10J. C. Williams, 14th Regiment, wrote: "The cavalry sent in pursuit of the guerrilla party have returned without overtaking them." (more)
1863/03/11J. C. Williams, 14th Regiment, wrote: "Col. Blunt, the ranking Colonel in the brigade, is again in command." (more)
1863/03/11Ships of the Yazoo Pass Expedition, begun in February with the objective of cutting off Vicksburg in the rear, engaged Fort Pemberton, Mississippi. The expedition ultimately had to retire without achieving its purpose. (NavHist)
1863/03/11Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/12J. C. Williams, 14th Regiment, wrote: "Weather still changeable, clear and beautiful overhead, while beneath the mud is almost fathomless." (more)
1863/03/12Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/13J. C. Williams, 14th Regiment, wrote: "The mud is so deep that drilling has been dispensed with for the present." (more)
1863/03/13Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/14J. C. Williams, 14th Regiment, wrote: "Fairfax Station is becoming a place of considerable importance in a military point of view, as being a base for supplies to the army, and a depot for Government stores, which we are at present guarding." (more)
1863/03/14Rear Admiral D. G. Farragut passed the heavy batteries at Port Hudson with USS Hartford and Albatross to establish an effective blockade of the vital Red River supply lines. (NavHist)
1863/03/14Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/15J. C. Williams, 14th Regiment, wrote: "Drilling has again been resumed." (more)
1863/03/15Rear Admiral Du Pont, commanding South Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Port Royal Harbor, South Carolina, to Secretary Welles: 'I have to inform the Department that I have deemed it my duty to suspend from duty Assistant Paymaster G. W. Beaman, of the USS Seneca, and Acting Assistant Paymaster A. W. Kelsey, of the USS Wissahickon, for violating my General Order No. 8, that of the Navy Department dated April 22, 1862, and the third clause of the Department's order of December, 1862. These gentlemen plead ignorance and express regrets; had they belonged to any other grade I should have sent them both home, but the confusion in accounts and the liability of loss of clothing and provisions by the sudden removal of a paymaster deterred me. The information conveyed was important to a wily enemy. The correspondents generally have done heir best to point out the weak points, as they thought, of the ironclad vessels, and the last firing from Fort McAllister showed how quick the rebels were in improving on such information. But as I care more to prevent the repetition of misconduct than to punish it, if the Department will express its displeasure by letter to these gentlemen I think it will be sufficient.' (ORN)
1863/03/15Acting Volunteer Amos Johnson, commanding USS Sachem, picked up Captain Smith, Lieutenant Dewey and other stray men from the Mississippi during the course of the day. At least the officers were transferred to USS Richmond. (ORN)
1863/03/15Extract from a report by Captain Melancton Smith, late commanding USS Mississippi, regarding the loss of that vessel, to Secretary Welles: 'I consider that I should be neglecting a most important duty should I omit to mention the coolness of my executive officer, Mr. [George] Dewey, and the steady, fearless, and gallant manner in which the officers and men of the Mississippi defended her, and the orderly and quiet manner in which she was abandoned, after being thirty-five minutes aground, under the fire of the enemy's batteries. (ORN)
1863/03/15Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/16Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/17J. C. Williams, 14th Regiment, wrote: "Night has again closed the labors of another day, hiding from our view the desolated scenes of earth." (more)
1863/03/17Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/18Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/19Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/20Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/21Captain John S. Clark, 8th Regiment, who died on the 20th, was buried in the Sparks family vault in Girod cemetery, New Orleans (Carpenter)
1863/03/21Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/22Extract from statement of Captain Thornton A. Jenkins: 'having been relieved of the command of the blockading forces off Mobile on or about the 28th December, 1862, by Commodore R. B. Hitchcock in the USS Susquehanna, to enable him to proceed to Pensacola to have the serious damage (sustained by the USS Oneida, under his command, by the US Storeship Supply, Commander Colvocoresses, running into her while at anchor off Mobile Bay on the afternoon of the 13th of that month) repaired (ORN)
1863/03/22Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/23Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/24Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/25Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/27Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/28Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/30Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/03/31Confederate troops opened a sustained attack on Union forces at Washington, North Carolina, but Northern warships, moving swiftly to the support of the soldiers, halted the assault. (NavHist)
1863/03/31Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/011st Vt. Cav. engaged at Broad Run, Va. (Battles)
1863/04/01Tabulated information prepared for the Secretary of the Navy by the fleet paymaster of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, revised for April, 1863, including USS South Carolina, Albert S. Kenny, Assistant Paymaster and USS Seneca, George W. Beaman, Assistant Paymaster. (ORN)
1863/04/01Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/02Acting Masters Mate Abram H. Hicks, USS Lockwood, was placed in charge of two boats loaded with ammunition to supply troops at Washington, N.C. 'The ammunition was safely delivered, and the boats returned 4 o'clock the next morning, having been fired upon with artillery and small arms from both sides of the river without effect. In performing this dangerous and arduous service, Acting Masters Mate Hicks had added to his already acquired reputation as a cool, trustworthy, and brave officer, and I recommend him to your favorable notice for promotion.' (ORN)
1863/04/03William Messenger, 3rd VVI, Co. A, wrote home to his sister (more)
1863/04/03Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/04J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Nothing has occurred of general interest during the past week, save the usual routine of camp and picket duty, there being plenty of that to perform. (more)
1863/04/04Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/05Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slocum, D.C. (more)
1863/04/05Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/06J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Another foot of snow this morning, and rail fences are getting scarce. I have often heard of the sunny South, and that the "sacred soil” of Virginia would be a lovely place on which to dwell, but I cannot see the point. (more)
1863/04/06Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slocum, D.C. (more)
1863/04/06Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/07Rear Admiral S. F. Du Pont's ironclad squadron engaged strong Confederate forts in Charleston harbor in an attempt to penetrate the defenses and capture the city. The ironclads were heavily damaged and the attack was broken off; USS Keokuk sank the next day. (NavHist)
1863/04/07Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/08J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: No battle with the "rebs” to record yet. The 14th is now the headquarters of the brigade. (more)
1863/04/08Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/09J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Nothing from Stuart yet. He has doubtless escaped at some other point. (more)
1863/04/09Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/10J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: The "grand Army of the Potomac” still inactive. How much longer shall the nation be kept in suspense, awaiting the movements of our armies? (more)
1863/04/10Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/11J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Day before yesterday was the day appointed by the President for the nation to fast, and I fear it was not strictly observed in camp, as far as abstaining from eating and drinking are concerned (more)
1863/04/11Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/128th Regiment at Bisland, LA (Dyer)
1863/04/12J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: The weather is again very fine this morning, and the brass band has been giving us some of its most beautiful pieces. (more)
1863/04/12Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/13J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: We have just received the sad intelligence of the death of Sergeant C. P. Taylor of Company B., who was left at Fairfax Station, sick with the measles, at the time of our move here. (more)
1863/04/13Commodore Henry W. Morris appointed Lieutenant George Dewey, late executive officer of the USS Mississippi, as prize commissioner for New Orleans, in order to sell at auction, 'all prize vessels and their cargoes which were remaining here or in this vicinity and which could not be sent to the North or Key West for adjudication. (ORN)
1863/04/13Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/14Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/15J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Orders have been received to be ready to take the field at a moment's notice, with seven days' rations. I will here remark, that we have never but once been without marching orders since being in the service. (more)
1863/04/15Rear Admiral Farragut to Captain Emmons: 'Upon the reporting of your relief, Lieutenant-Commander James E. Jouett, you will transfer to him the command of the USS R. R. Cuyler and you will proceed by the first Government vessel to Key West, Fla., and report yourself to the senior naval officer present there for the command of the US steam sloop Oneida, which vessel you will bring without delay to New Orleans, La., and report to me or Commodore Morris, whichever may be there in command. (ORN)
1863/04/15Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/16J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: It has been ascertained that the 14th numbers more men, fit for duty, than any other regiment in the brigade. (more)
1863/04/16Gunboats under Rear Admiral D. D. Porter escorting Army transports successfully passed the Vicksburg batteries preparatory to attacking Grand Gulf. (NavHist)
1863/04/17J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: We are no longer in the reserve corps for the defense of Washington, but will hereafter form a part of the army in the field. (more)
1863/04/18J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: No move yet, and mere conjecture where we shall go when we do move. (more)
1863/04/181st Battery participated in an expedition to Lake Pontchatrain until April 21. (Dyer)
1863/04/18Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/19J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Seven days' rations are still on hand, ready for a move. (more)
1863/04/19Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/20J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: How I wish Gen. Grant had the command of the Army of the Potomac, and would commit one of his blunders, and capture Richmond, together with thirty thousand prisoners. (more)
1863/04/20Chief Engineers Edward D. Robie and Alban C. Stimers, from the New York Navy Yard were involved with unsuccessful testing of the Ericsson raft, at Port Royal, S.C., which was invented 'for the purpose of carrying a torpedo to be used in blowing up obstructions,' the mechanism for attaching the raft to a vessel being faulty. (ORN)
1863/04/20Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/21J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Drilling as usual. The ground is now all settled, trees are in full blossom, and all nature has assumed a new attire (more)
1863/04/22J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Reveille at half past five in the morning, when the voice of the Orderly is heard -- fall in for roll call! (more)
1863/04/22Rear Admiral Farragut, above Port Hudson, to Acting Rear Admiral T. Bailey, Gulf of Mexico: 'I received your kind letter in relation to the Oneida, and I have sent Captain Emmons over to take command of her. (ORN)
1863/04/22Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/23J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Col. Stannard of the 9th Vt. is about to be promoted to a Brigadier, and to have command of this brigade. (more)
1863/04/23Rear Admiral Dupont complained about an article appearing in the Baltimore American on April 15, written by C. C. Fulton, regarding an attack by ironclads under his command against the forts at Charleston. The admiral indicated that Mr. Fulton, onboard the steamer Ericsson during the attack, provided inaccurate details on the action, and could 'certainly had the means for obtaining accurate information upon this point from Chief Engineer Robie, who was likewise quartered on board the Ericsson… This engineer, who was sent out by the Department in charge of the rafts and torpedoes, did not find it practicable to use the torpedo against the Keokuk, then lying hard aground, remote from other vessels, and undisturbed by any fire from the enemy. (ORN)
1863/04/23Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/24J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Plenty of drilling at present -- think we shall be well prepared for a march when the order comes. (more)
1863/04/24Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/25Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/26J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: The regiment is in good spirits to-day, ready for anything which may turn up in the line of marching or fighting. Liberty and justice are at stake. (more)
1863/04/26Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/27J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: The Paymaster is again in our camp, laden with "green backs" to pay us off. (more)
1863/04/28Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from White River Junction (more)
1863/04/28J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Recent circumstances indicate that the campaign is about to open, and much confidence is felt in Hooker, and that victory awaits our arms. (more)
1863/04/29J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Six long months have elapsed since I have enjoyed the pleasant associations of the family circle, and long for the time to come when I may be permitted to return to the joys of civil life. (more)
1863/04/30J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: About ten o'clock, firing was heard on the picket line, and soon the long roll-call was beaten, calling the men to arms. (more)
1863/04/31Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/0112th Regiment guarding the railroad at Warrenton Junction until May 7. (Dyer)
1863/05/01Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/02Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/031st Brigade, engaged or present at Marye's Heights, Va. (Battles)
1863/05/03Sergeant Ephraim W. Harrington, Co. G, 2nd VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1863/05/03Assistant Surgeon Andrew Davidson, 47th OH INF, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1863/05/03First Lieutenant Daniel D. Wheeler, Company G, 4th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1863/05/03Rear Admiral Porter's force and troops under Major General U. S. Grant forced the evacuation of Grand Gulf. Porter reported: 'The Navy holds the door to Vicksburg.' (NavHist)
1863/05/03Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/042nd Regiment was engaged or present at Salem Heights, Va. (Battles)
1863/05/043rd Regiment was engaged or present at Salem Heights, Va. (Battles)
1863/05/04Sergeant Robert J. Coffey, Co. K, 4th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1863/05/045th Regiment was engaged or present at Salem Heights, Va. (Battles)
1863/05/04First Lieutenant Frank G. Butterfield, Co. A, 6th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1863/05/05Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/06Rear Admiral Dupont informed Secretary Welles of the arrival of the steam Ericsson, with Chief Engineer Robie, but noted he had not received instructions regarding 'the disposition of the articles she brought,' and had ordered the rafts moored on Hampton Bar pending instructions. (ORN)
1863/05/06Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/0712th Regiment at Rappahannock Station until May 18. (Dyer)
1863/05/07Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/08Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from White River Junction. (more)
1863/05/08Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/09Thomas Seaver submitted a report on the battle near Banks' Ford, on May 4th (more)
1863/05/09Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/10Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/11Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/13Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/14Edwin F. Palmer, 13th Regiment: Supply teams captured by Rebels. (more)
1863/05/14Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/15Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/16Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/17Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/1812th Regiment at Bristoe and Catlett's Stations until June 1. (Dyer)
1863/05/18Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/19Acting Paymaster George A. Sawyer participated in an expedition on the Chattahoochee River on boats from the US Gunboat Port Royal. (ORN)
1863/05/19Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/22Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/23Acting Paymaster George A. Sawyer participated in an expedition on the Apalachicola River on boats from the US Gunboat Port Royal, which resulted in the capture of the rebel sloop Fashion. Acting Master Edgar Van Slyck, who commanded the expedition, said 'I have the honor to state officers George A. Sawyer and William F. Raynolds rendered me all the assistance possible, both with advice and energy.' (ORN)
1863/05/23Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/241st Battery participated in the siege of Port Husdon from May 24 to July 9, 1863 (Dyer)
1863/05/24Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/25Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/26Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/271st Battery participated in assault on Port Hudson, LA (Dyer)
1863/05/278th Regiment engaged in assault on Port Hudson, La. (Battles)
1863/05/27Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/28Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/29Lieutenant Commander Chester Hatfield, USS Brooklyn, was ordered to take a party ashore at Brazos Santiago, Texas, and capture a battery and four ships that were transporting arms. Among the party was Assistant Surgeon Charles J. S. Wells. (ORN)
1863/05/29Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/301st Vt. Cav. engaged at Greenwich, Va. (Battles)
1863/05/30Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/05/31Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/0112th Regiment at Union Mills, until June 25. (Dyer)
1863/06/01Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/01US General Hospital opens in Brattleboro more)
1863/06/03Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/04Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/052nd Regiment was engaged or present at Fredericksburg, Va. (Battles)
1863/06/053rd Regiment was engaged or present at Fredericksburg, Va. (Battles)
1863/06/055th Regiment was engaged or present at Fredericksburg, Va. (Battles)
1863/06/05Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/06On the skirmish line on the south side of the Rappahannock River, Privates John Hines, Albert Jefts, Co. E, David Jesmer, Co. I, and Nahum Potter, Co. K, were killed in action (Benedict)
1863/06/06Commenting on a recent article in the Charleston Mercury, Rear Admiral Du Pont reported every facility had been offered 'to Chief Engineer Robie to blow up the Keokuk with Mr. Erisson's raft, but that officer found it too dangerous to use.' Secretary Welles, on June 27, indicated the destruction of the Keokuk to prevent her guns from falling into the hands of the enemy was the duty of the fleet commander, and not Chief Engineer Robie. (ORN)
1863/06/06Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/07Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/08Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/108th Regiment participated in the night engagement at Port Hudson, La. (Battles)
1863/06/13Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/148th Regiment participated in the assault on Port Hudson, La. (Battles)
1863/06/15Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/16Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/17Captain Emmons reported on the results of a court of enquiry into the loss of the US bark Amanda, during a hurricane or cyclone, on 29 May 1863. (ORN)
1863/06/17CSS Atlanta, with two wooden steamers in company, engaged USS Weehawken and Nahant in Wassaw Sound, Georgia. The heavy Confederate warship grounded and was compelled to surrender. (NavHist)
1863/06/17Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/18Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/19Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/20Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/21Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/22Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Swanton, while on recruiting duty (more)
1863/06/22Rear Admiral Farragut, at New Orleans, to Captain Emmons, at Key West: 'If you have not yet fallen in with the Oneida, you will return to this place and report yourself to the senior naval officer present here for the command of the US steam sloop Monongahela. (ORN)
1863/06/22Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/23Rear-Admiral Farragut, reporting to Secretary Welles, indicated he sent Captain Emmons to Key West to take command of the Oneida, whose captain was supposed to be brought before a court of enquiry. Oneida, however, had been had been seized by Acting Rear-Admiral Charles Wilkes, to support his efforts to capture Confederate raiders in the West Indies. Being unable to assume command of Oneida, Captain Emmons was ordered to New Orleans to take command of Monongahela. (ORN)
1863/06/23Frederick L. Reed, Orderly Sergt., Co. D, 14th Vermont: Received orders to be ready to move. I hope we will not go. Nothing new in camp to-day only all are wondering where we are going. A.J.D. has gone to bed and I must go. I hope to have a good night's rest. (Memorial Exercises, Castleton VT 1885)
1863/06/24Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/24Frederick L. Reed, Orderly Sergt., Co. D, 14th Vermont: Wolf Run Shoals. Boys getting ready to move in the morning. They all feel well about moving. We have got to carry three days' rations. Wrote a letter to x. A.D.D. has gone to bed and I must follow his example, so farewell. (Memorial Exercises, Castleton VT, 1885)
1863/06/252nd Brigade, bringing up the rear of the Army of the Potomac, started a march to Gettysburg. (Dyer)
1863/06/25Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/25Frederick L. Reed, Orderly Sergt., Co. D, 14th Vermont: Camp in the woods, one mile north of Centerville. Started from Wolf Run, 7 this morning. It rained all night; we are all feeling well; nothing to eat, only hard tack. (Memorial Exercises, Castleton VT, 1885)
1863/06/26Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Swanton, on recruiting duty (more)
1863/06/26Edwin F. Palmer, 13th Regiment: Falling in behind the Army of the Potomac. (more)
1863/06/26Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/26Frederick L. Reed, Orderly Sergt., Co. D, 14th Vermont: Camp near harrington Station in a meadow. We marched very slow to-day; all are feeling good. I am a little sore footed but I am bound to stand it. This is a nice country. We expect to see fighting to-morrow. It has been a good day to march.

(Memorial Exercises, Castleton VT, 1885)
1863/06/277th Regiment in action at Donaldsonville, LA (Battles)
1863/06/27Major General George G. Meade replaces Joe Hooker as command of the Army of the Potomac. (LoC)
1863/06/27USS Saratoga, Commander Colvocoresses, was ordered, after taking on ammunition, to proceed to the breakwaters at the entrance of Delaware Bay 'to protect shipping entering the bay and frequenting the anchorage at the breakwater from any sudden attack by pirates, privateers, or other freebooters. (ORN)
1863/06/27Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/27Frederick L. Reed, Orderly Sergt., Co. D, 14th Vermont: Camp near Edward's Ferry, Md. Marched 20 miles; very tired to-night; feet blistered. Troops passed all night; we met all the boys at the Ferry. Crossed the Potomac on pontoons. There is a big force with us. I wanted to write this morning but cannot send letters. (Memorial Exercises, Castleton VT, 1885)
1863/06/287th Regiment in action at Donaldsonville, LA (Battles)
1863/06/28Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/06/28Frederick L. Reed, Orderly Sergt., Co. D, 14th Vermont: Camp near Adamstown. Marched all day. Adamstown was a very nice little place. I see five or six nice looking ladies. the Rebs were in this town last night bet have gone to-day. Paid fifty cents for a loaf of bread. (Memorial Exercises, Castleton VT, 1885)
1863/06/29Frederick L. Reed, Orderly Sergt., Co. D, 14th Vermont: Camp eight miles out of Frederick. Marched all day; Oh how tired I am to-night; one man from our company fell out; we do not know whether he is dead or not. I had a good swig of whiskkey to-day, it does me more good than anything. (Memorial Exercises, Castleton VT, 1885)
1863/06/30Frederick L. Reed, Orderly Sergt., Co. D, 14th Vermont: Camp at Emmittsburg. We have marched one hundred and ten miles since we started. this is a splendid country; I never saw anything to beat it. We expect to see fighting before long. My feet are so sore I hardly can step on them. Paid one dollar for a loaf of bread. One of our company fell out and we had to leave him; we do not know where he is. (Memorial Exercises, Castleton VT, 1885)
1863/07/0115th Regiment was detached at Westminster as train guard during the battle of Gettysburg, until July 4. (Dyer)
1863/07/0112th Regiment detached to Westminster, MD, as train guard until July 4. (Dyer)
1863/07/01Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/07/01Frederick L. Reed, Orderly Sergt., Co. D, 14th Vermont: Started from Emmittsburg at 10 a.m.; arrived at Gettysburgh at 5 p.m. I see artillery fighting, and to-morrow morning we expect to fight like devils. Boys all tired out. It is rather sad to think we have got to fight to-morrow. (Memorial Exercises, Castleton VT, 1885)
1863/07/021st Vt. Cav. engaged at Huntersville, VA (Battles)
1863/07/02Captain John Lonergan, Co. A, 13th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1863/07/02Edwin F. Palmer, 13th Regiment: The battle of Gettysburg. (more)
1863/07/02Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/07/02Frederick L. Reed, Orderly Sergt., Co. D, 14th Vermont: This morning we are all getting ready to go into the fight; perhaps this is the last time I shall ever write in this book * * * * * * No it was not; thank God for it; such a fight I never want to see again. Sam. Fisk was wounded. Oh such a roar of cannon no man ever heard! (Memorial Exercises, Castleton VT, 1885)
1863/07/03Colonel Wheelock G. Veazey, 16th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1863/07/032nd Lieutenant George G. Benedict, Co. C, 12th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1863/07/03Major William Wells, 1st VVC, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1863/07/03Private Marshall Sherman, a native Vermonter, Co. C, 1st MN INF, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1863/07/0313th, 14th and 16th Vt. Regiments help stop Pickett's Charge on the last day at Gettysburg. (see battles)
1863/07/03Battle of Gettysburg, 3rd day (see battles)
1863/07/03Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/07/03Frederick L. Reed, Orderly Sergt., Co. D, 14th Vermont: I am writing now lying flat on the ground; the shells are flying all around us; just a moment ago one piece of a shell hit Aiken on the back. It looks now as though we all would be killed. Roseboom was shot by a sharp shooter. (Memorial Exercises, Castleton VT, 1885)
1863/07/04The 2nd Battery at Port Hudson, 'celebrated, by the reading of the Declaration of Independence, music by the One Hundred Sixteenth New York Regiment band, and after playing Yankee Doodle and other national airs, the exercise closed by firing a national salute, each shot sending a 15 pound shell into the enemy's works.' (Peck)
1863/07/041st Vt. Cav. engaged at Monterey, Va. (Battles)
1863/07/0414th Regiment participated in the pursuit of Lee July 4-18. (Dyer)
1863/07/0415th Regiment participated in the pursuit of Lee July 4-18. (Dyer)
1863/07/0412th Regiment assigned to take prisoners to Baltimore, arriving July 6. (Dyer)
1863/07/04Vicksburg surrendered after a lengthy bombardment and siege by Union naval and land forces. President Lincoln wrote: 'The Father of Waters again goes unvexed to the sea.' (NavHist)
1863/07/04Frederick L. Reed, Orderly Sergt., Co. D, 14th Vermont: 8. a.m. Did not fight to-day for we fought so hard yesterday. Boys feel sad this morning. I made out the report of killed, wounded and missing in our company: 2 killed, 6 wounded and six missing. I got two bullet holes in my coat, but, thank God, I am still living. The Rebs have retreated. Our brigade fought like devils. (Memorial Exercises, Castleton VT, 1885)
1863/07/051st Vt. Cav. engaged at Lightersville, Va. (Battles)
1863/07/05Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/07/05Frederick L. Reed, Orderly Sergt., Co. D, 14th Vermont: Advanced this morning at 10 a.m. I hardly think we shall see any more fighting. Company D was detached for guard for the Hospital. We are in hopes to remain here until our time expires; I hope we will. (Memorial Exercises, Castleton VT, 1885)
1863/07/06Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/07/06Frederick L. Reed, Orderly Sergt., Co. D, 14th Vermont: A very fine day to-day. Jim. Goodrich and myself went to a house and got breakfast; this is the first time I have had anything to eat since we left the Run. This is a pleasant place where we are. (Memorial Exercises, Castleton VT, 1885)
1863/07/07Captain Thornton A. Jenkins, onboard USS Monongahela during a transit from New Orleans to Port Hudson, commended the vessel's executive officer, Lieutenant George Dewey, and other officers and crew, who 'displayed an unrivaled coolness and courage' while engaging rebel field batteries about 12 miles below Donaldsonville. (ORN)
1863/07/07Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/07/07Frederick L. Reed, Orderly Sergt., Co. D, 14th Vermont: Went out foraging to-day; got a good dinner, 8 lbs butter, six loaves of bread 50 cts. a loaf, 40 bushels corn, 8 bushels rye, and some straw to lie on; we are not going to starve as long as there is anything to be bought. We now and then hear a report of a cannon. (Memorial Exercises, Castleton VT, 1885)
1863/07/08Port Hudson surrendered. The 2nd Btry being the most exposed of any light battery during the siege, had the honor of being the first battery inside. (Benedict)
1863/07/081st Vt. Cav. engaged at Boonesboro, Va. (Battles)
1863/07/08USS Monongahela: Lieutenant George Dewey in command, got underway (7:10 a.m.,) and steamed down the river. From 4 to 8 p.m. at anchor off Donaldsonville. (ORN)
1863/07/08Frederick L. Reed, Orderly Sergt., Co. D, 14th Vermont: I do not feel well to-day; I have not got over the fight yet. I am almost used up. It has rained almost all day. to-night it is pleasant, I would give five dollars if I could hear from Benson, but I cannot. (Memorial Exercises, Castleton VT, 1885)
1863/07/0912th Regiment departed Baltimore for Brattleboro. (Dyer)
1863/07/09Edwin F. Palmer, 13th Regiment: Headed south out of Gettysburg. (more)
1863/07/09Port Hudson, Louisiana, surrendered after prolonged attack by Northern sea and land forces. The Union had won the war in the West. (NavHist)
1863/07/09Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/07/09Frederick L. Reed, Orderly Sergt., Co. D, 14th Vermont: Very pleasant day to-day. I slept almost all day. We are having gay times; plenty to eat; that suits us; yes it does. (Memorial Exercises, Castleton VT, 1885)
1863/07/10The battle of Funkstown. 6th Inf.: Killed in action: Corporal Moses Abbott, Private George M. Patridge, Co. D; Private William P. Craig, Co. G; and Private Nathan Hannon, Co. F. Privates Francis Gabaree, William A. Green and Marmin H. Lackey, Co. K, died of their wounds. (Benedict)
1863/07/10A. W. Preston: 'I beg leave to make the following report of engagements of the 1st Vt. Cavalry...' (Reports)
1863/07/10Commander Robert Townsend, commanding USS Essex, reported to Rear Admiral Farragut, regarding the relief of the USS New London, which had grounded, and been pulled off by the Monongahela. He stated that 'Lieutenant commanding Dewey displayed coolness, skill, and judgment in managing the Monongahela and in getting off the New London; he was able to use his bow and stern guns and boat howitzers, and whilst passing the batteries he did so effectively. (ORN)
1863/07/10Rear Admiral J. A. Dahlgren's ironclads renewed the bombardment of Charleston defenses, opening on Fort Wagner, Morris Island. (NavHist)
1863/07/10Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/07/10Frederick L. Reed, Orderly Sergt., Co. D, 14th Vermont: Dick Hibbard and myself went down to the city of Gettysburgh to-day; we took dinner at the hotel. The houses are completely pierced with bullet holes; it is or was a very pretty place. (Memorial Exercises, Castleton VT, 1885)
1863/07/1111th Regiment, Company L, organized under Captain D. J. Safford, of Morristown. (Dyer)
1863/07/11A. W. Preston: 'The charge made by this cavalry on the enemy's right wing...' (Reports)
1863/07/11Rear Admiral Farragut ordered Commander Emmons to take passage up the Mississippi River from New Orleans on the US gunboat Kineo, to meet with and assume command of the US steam sloop Monongahela. (ORN)
1863/07/11Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/07/11Frederick L. Reed, Orderly Sergt., Co. D, 14th Vermont: Sick to-day, I would like to be at home for I am a little afraid of a fever. It is very warm. I paid one dollar for a loaf of bread to-day; my money will soon be gone if I keep on. (Memorial Exercises, Castleton VT, 1885)
1863/07/12Abstract log of the USS Essex: The St. Mary's brought up Captain Emmons, US Navy, who took command of the Monongahela, and also of the river from Port Hudson to New Orleans. The Monongahela, since her former captain, Commander Abner Read, US Navy, was mortally wounded when passing the battery opposite White Hall Point on the 7th instant, has been under the command of her executive officer, Lieutenant-Commander George Dewey. (ORN)
1863/07/131st Vt. Cav. engaged at Hagerstown, Va. (Battles)
1863/07/13A force of artillery, cavalry and infantry, including the Eighth Vt. (Colonel Stephen Thomas), left Brashear City, Louisiana, under command of General Weitzel and joined a gunboat fleet of side-wheel steamers, Colonel Kinsman, Estrella, Calhoun and Diana on Bayou Teche. On the 14th, the Eighth Vt. crossed to the east side of the bayou by Diana to engage sharpshooters. The Seventy-fifth New York stayed on the west bank of the bayou for the same purpose. Sixty picked men from the Eighth were sent under command of Captain Henry F. Dutton, Company H, to pick off the gunners of the Confederate side-wheel river steamer Joseph A. Cotton. Calhoun went aground, her commander, Lieutenant-Commander Buchanan was killed, and the boat was 'in imminent danger of capture.' The Vermonters were requested to take the rifle-pits; they 'rushed forward at double quick' and overran the rifle pits, and some cavalry supporting them. They killed 7 rebels, wounded 26 and captured 57, without a single Vt. casualty. That night, Colonel Thomas found his regiment on the left bank of the bayou, alone and vulnerable. He used a bit of deception, building a line of camp fires two miles long, indicating a much larger force than really existed at that point, and convinced the rebels that their position was untenable. They fired the Cotton, set it adrift, and it sank. Lieutenant-Commander A. P. Cooke, commanding the gunboat Estrella, said of the Vt.ers' clearing the rebel rifle pits, 'It would have been impossible for the boats to have dislodged them.' Acting Third Assistant Engineer George W. Baird, of the Calhoun, recorded in his diary that 'the Eighth Vt. Regiment had charged the pits and the rebs were running, so I single out a reb and emptied my revolver.' (ORN)
1863/07/13USS Monongahela: Called all hands to muster, when Captain Emmons read his orders to the command. (ORN)
1863/07/13Yazoo City, Mississippi, was captured by a joint Army-Navy expedition. (NavHist)
1863/07/1412th Regiment mustered out at Brattleboro, having lost by disease 2 Officers and 65 Enlisted men. Total 67. (Dyer)
1863/07/16Captain Emmons, USS Monongahela at Donaldsonville, to Rear Admiral Farragut: 'I have the honor to report that I have made a careful reconnaissance of the Mississippi River between here and Port Hudson, and have discovered no hostile demonstrations. (ORN)
1863/07/18Captain Emmons, USS Monongahela at Donaldsonville, to Rear Admiral Farragut: 'Just after closing my dispatch to you on yesterday I furnished a convoy to the army transport steamer Zephyr, upon application of one of General Banks' officers, who informed me that one of their transports had been fired upon below here. The Princess Royal has since returned the second time, seeing only one squad of rebels and receiving no shot. The indications are that the rebels are falling back in the rear of this place. (ORN)
1863/07/2113th Regiment mustered out at Brattleboro, having lost during service 1 Officer and 16 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 4 Officers and 55 Enlisted men by disease. Total 76. (Dyer)
1863/07/21Captain Emmons, USS Monongahela, at Donaldsonville, to Commander M. B. Woolsey, USS Princess Royal: 'I learn that a battery was captured from our army in the rear of this place yesterday. The enemy may undertake to use this against our transports below. I therefore wish you to move down the river slowly some 20 miles, examining closely the banks, and if you see the enemy anywhere, shell them if you can do it effectually, and give the earliest notice of locality to vessels above and below. (ORN)
1863/07/22Charles Camp Doolittle, a native of Burlington, was promoted to colonel of the 18th Michigan Inf. (biography)
1863/07/23Captain Emmons to Rear Admiral Farragut: 'I received your order by the Winona. I am on my way up to relieve the Richmond. (ORN)
1863/07/23Captain Emmons, USS Monongahela, commanding Division in Mississippi, to Commander Robert Townsend, US Ironclad Essex, Donaldsonville: 'I am ordered to relieve the Richmond, Captain Jenkins, at Port Hudson, and for the present look to you for the protection of this place and points on the river below. (ORN)
1863/07/24Captain Emmons, USS Monongahela, Port Hudson, to Commander Wm. H. Macomb, USS Genesee: 'The naval division placed under my command, of which your vessel is one, had been ordered to keep the Mississippi River open between here and New Orleans. Until further orders you will anchor opposite to Baton Rouge and be prepared to render any assistance to vessels in distress, or to cooperate with the army in suppressing any hostile demonstrations there, or along the adjacent banks of the river, economizing your coal as much as possible, and keeping me informed of your doings. (ORN)
1863/07/24Captain Emmons, USS Monongahela, below Port Hudson, to Brigadier General Charles P. Stone: 'I have just relieved Captain Jenkins on the blockade or police of the Lower Mississippi, and my headquarters for the present will be near you. (ORN)
1863/07/25Lieutenant Command John G. Mitchell, USS Commodore Jones, cooperated in an expedition to capture a force of guerrillas between Cappahosic and Gloucester Point, Va., boarding elements of the Ninth Vt. Inf. at Fort Yorktown. Six companies of the regiment boarded the vessel and were landed at Cappahosic, marched down the road to Gloucester Court House, and the remaining companies marched by land, meeting a junction in the roads. Unfortunately, the guerrillas had already departed the area. (ORN)
1863/07/26Captain Emmons, USS Monongahela, to Acting Rear Admiral D. D. Porter: 'The arrival of the Neosha, Commander Febiger, relieves me in patrol duty on the Lower Mississippi. I congratulate you in finally having undisturbed possession of this great highway; and fro late indications I think you may lay safely with very low banked fires, except when actively operating against the enemy. Since I have been in the river I have though it important to have one vessel here [Port Hudson], one at Baton Rouge, and one at Donaldsonville, where a division of the army is stationed. The last attacks have been made by guerrillas from the banks below Donaldsonville, at pointed called White Hall Mills, College Point, and Burnside's plantation. But these have ceased for a week, and the rebels are becoming less numerous. (ORN)
1863/07/26Captain Emmons, USS Monongahela, to Commander Woolsey, USS Princess Royal: 'As soon as you have taken in a full supply of coal you will proceed to New Orleans and report your arrival to Rear Admiral Farragut, or the senior naval officer there, the river being now in charge of Acting Admiral Porter's fleet. (ORN)
1863/07/26Captain George Emmons, USS Monongahela, at Port Hudson, to Rear Admiral Farragut: I take the earliest opportunity of dispatching the Genesee, Commander Macomb, to you, that you may know that I have just been relieved here by one of Admiral Porter's vessels, the ironclad steamer Neosha, Commander Febiger, and will soon be in New Orleans. (ORN)
1863/07/27Joseph Robinson, a substitute for Edward Laduke, of Burlington, enlisted in Co. H, 2nd VVI (2nd Infantry)
1863/07/281st Lieutenant and Regimental Q.M. John W. Clark, 6th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1863/07/29Rear Admiral Farragut, New Orleans, to Commodore H. H. Bell, Gulf of Mexico: 'I am so anxious to get off that I send the Albatross down to let you know that I will keep Captain Emmons here to sign papers and keep the wheels a rolling until you arrive. (ORN)
1863/07/29Rear Admiral Farragut, at New Orleans, to Lieutenant George Dewey, onboard USS Monongahela: detach from duty on the USS Monongahela, and report to Commodore H. H. Bell for duty on board USS Brooklyn. (ORN)
1863/07/3014th Regiment mustered out at Brattleboro, having lost during service 1 Officer and 26 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 43 Enlisted men by disease. Total 70. (Dyer)
1863/07/30Rear Admiral Farragut ordered Commander Emmons, commanding USS Monongahela, to take temporary command of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron at New Orleans until the arrival of Commodore Bell, at which time he was to assume command of USS Brooklyn, and take it to New York for repairs. (ORN)
1863/07/31Rear Admiral Farragut, New Orleans, to Commander L. C. Sartori, USS Portsmouth: 'so soon as Captain Emmons is ready to take command of the Brooklyn you will relieve him of the command of the USS Monongahela. (ORN)
1863/07/31Commodore H. H. Bell, off Galveston, to Commander J. R. M. Mullany, USS Bienville: 'You will take command of the blockading forces on the coast of Texas until the arrival of Captain Emmons or some other officer who may be appointed to relieve you. (ORN)
1863/08/01Rear Admiral D. D. Porter relieved Rear Admiral D. G. Farragut of command of the lower half of the Mississippi and assumed command of the River from New Orleans to the headwaters. (NavHist)
1863/08/04Commodore H. H. Bell, off New Orleans, to Secretary Welles: 'The Brooklyn, under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Hatfield, will touch at South West Pass to receive her commander, Captain Emmons, and then proceed to the North. (ORN)
1863/08/0515th Regiment mustered out at Brattleboro, having lost during service by disease 1 Officer and 80 Enlisted men. Total 81. (Dyer)
1863/08/05USS Commodore Barney was severely damaged by Confederate electric torpedo in the James River above Dutch Gap, Virginia. (NavHist)
1863/08/1016th Regiment mustered out at Brattleboro, having lost during service 1 Officer and 23 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 48 Enlisted men by disease. Total 73. (Dyer)
1863/08/10Commodore H. H. Bell, onboard USS Pensacola at New Orleans, to Captain Emmons: 'Having transferred to command of the Monongahela to your successor, Commander L. C. Sartori, and being relieved as the senior naval officer here by myself, you will assume command of the US steam sloop Brooklyn, now in this port, and as soon as she is coaled, proceed in her to the New York navy yard. Report your arrival t the honorable Secretary of the Navy. (ORN)
1863/08/11Robert Whitney, 4th Regiment, received a pension "As a result of being disabled by chronic diarrhea and resulting disease of rectum; and rheumatism" from this date until his death. (more)
1863/08/13S. Horace Smith, age 17, Brookfield, joins the Navy as a surgeons steward (profile)
1863/08/13Commodore H. H. Bell, New Orleans, reports 'the US ship Brooklyn, Captain Emmons, started for New York at 5:30 this morning. Captain Emmons contemplates stopping off Charleston. (ORN)
1863/08/15A detail from the 8th Regiment, consisting of Captain Leach, Lieutenants Carpenter and Cooper, and six non-commissioned officer were sent to Vt. on recruiting service. (Peck)
1863/08/21Captain Emmons, commanding USS Brooklyn, reports that he was on his way to New York for repairs, had put in at Port Royal for coal, but found little, and offered his services. Emmons states the Brooklyn 'draws 16 feet, has a battery of IX-inch, 1 30-pounded, 1 100-pounder rifle guns; and with your present knowledge can better judge how far it would be prudent, or in other words, how far I should be justified in risking wooden walls. (ORN)
1863/08/21The US brig Bainbridge, en route to Port Royal, S.C.,' encountering a terrible hurricane off the coast,' went down with her crow of about one hundred men, including Assistant Surgeon Allis and Surgeon's Steward S. Horace Smith. One man survived. (ORN)
1863/08/23Acting Masters Mate H. B. Colby, in charge of a boat from US Schooner Beauregard, off Indian River, Fla., boarded the schooner Phoebe, and examined her papers, which he found to be in order. Two days later, the schooner, which had stayed, suspiciously, in the area, attempted to communicate with shore, and the Beauregard captured here and sent it to Key West for adjudication. (ORN)
1863/08/25Captain Emmons, USS Brooklyn, at Brooklyn Navy Yard, to Secretary Welles: 'I have the honor to report the arrival of this ship from the West Gulf Squadron, having left New Orleans on the 13th, South West Pass on the 14th, Port Royal on the 21st, and Charleston on the 22nd of August. (ORN)
1863/08/29Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley, Lieutenant J. A. Payne, CSN, sank for the first time in Charleston harbor after making practice dives preparatory to attacking the blockading fleet. (NavHist)
1863/09/01The Eighth Regiment moved to Algiers and went by sea to the Sabine Pass expedition, which was not successful, the troops returning to Algiers on the 11th. (Peck)
1863/09/011st Battery present at the surrender of Port Hudson, then they were ordered to New Orleans (Dyer)
1863/09/031st Battery participated in the Sabin Pass, TX expedition until September 11. (Dyer)
1863/09/031st Battery moved to Brashear City, thence to Berwick City and to Fort Bisland between September 16 and 23. (Dyer)
1863/09/06Morris Island, Charleston harbor, was evacuated by Confederate forces after nearly 2 months of intensive bombardment from afloat and ashore. (NavHist)
1863/09/08CSS Uncle Ben and shore batteries turned back a Union expedition to take Sabine Pass, Texas. USS Clifton and Sachem were disabled and surrendered. (NavHist)
1863/09/131st Vt. Cav. engaged at Falling Waters, Va. (Battles)
1863/09/13Cyrus Guernsey Pringle, a Quaker, was drafted. (Pringle)
1863/09/14Assistant Surgeon Cornelius A. Chapin, died in New York of typhoid fever. (Benedict)
1863/09/141st Vt. Cav. engaged at Somerville Ford, Va. (Battles)
1863/09/15Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Brattleboro. (more)
1863/09/17Rear Admiral Dahlgren announced that Captain Emmons 'has been appointed fleet captain of the squadron under my command, and all orders emanating from him will be respected accordingly. (ORN)
1863/09/17Apparently, Captain Emmons' first act on the day he was appointed was to require all ironclad commanders provide 'a detailed report of the firing, hits, injuries, and casualties to the respective vessels under their command during the current month. (ORN)
1863/09/19Commander Edmund R. Colhoun, commanding US Ironclad Steamer Weehawken, indicates he has just received fleet Captain Emmons' order to 'furnish a detailed report … and will make it as soon as possible. (ORN)
1863/09/21Acting Master James C. Gipson, temporarily commanding USS Carondelet on the Red River, received instructions from Lieutenant Commander James A. Greer, USS Benton, Commanding 4th District, Mississippi Squadron, on actions to take during his temporary absence. (ORN)
1863/09/261st Vt. Cav. engaged at Raccoon Ford, Va. (Battles)
1863/09/272nd Lt. Frederick M. Kimball, on convalescent leave in Vt., was united in marriage with Susanna S. Hoyt. (Kimball's diaries)
1863/09/281st Battery returned to Brashear City, LA, where they remained until March 3, 1864 (Dyer)
1863/09/28Fleet Paymaster Charles C. Upham, USS Minnesota, was ordered to proceed from Newport News, Va., to Beaufort, N.C., to purchase naval stores. (ORN)
1863/09/28Nathan Smith, 11th VVI, wrote to his nephew from Fort Totten, DC (more)
1863/10/02Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Brattleboro (more)
1863/10/03President Lincoln issued a Proclamation for Thanksgiving. (Lincoln)
1863/10/041st Vt. Cav. engaged at Falmouth, Va. (Battles)
1863/10/05CSS David, Lieutenant W. T. Glassell, exploded a spar torpedo against USS New Ironsides in an attempt to destroy the heavy blockader off Charleston. New Ironsides was damaged but not destroyed. (NavHist)
1863/10/0711th Regiment, Co. M., organized. (Dyer)
1863/10/101st Vt. Cav. engaged at James City, Va. (Battles)
1863/10/111st Vt. Cav. engaged at Brandy Station, Va. (Battles)
1863/10/15Lieutenant Henry Jones, Company C, captured by guerrillas. (Benedict)
1863/10/15Lieutenant Commander William C. West, commanding USS Wissahickon, reports on affairs in the vicinity of North Edisto River, to Captain Emmons, Chief of Staff, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, at Charleston, S.C. (ORN)
1863/10/15Submarine H. L. Hunley sank for the second time in Charleston harbor. The part owner for whom she was named and a crew of seven perished in the accident, but she was again recovered and a third crew volunteered to man her. (NavHist)
1863/10/17Acting Master Gilbert Morton, commanding USS Conestoga pro tempore off Bolivar [County], reports the detention of the tugboat Sweden, near Napoleon, Miss., with 50 bales of cotton onboard. (ORN)
1863/10/18Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Brattleboro. (more)
1863/10/181st Vt. Cav. engaged at Gainesville, Va. (Battles)
1863/10/191st Vt. Cav. engaged at Buckland Mills, Va. (Battles)
1863/10/191st Vt. Cav. engaged at Gainesville, Va. (Battles)
1863/10/23Rear Admiral Dahlgren, to Secretary Welles, forwards the comments of several officers, including Captain Emmons, in regard to future operations against Charleston, S. C. (ORN)
1863/10/24Acting Master Morton, USS Conestoga, indicates he sent the steamer Lillie Martin and the tug Sweden, suspected of trading with the Confederates, near Napoleon, Miss. , to Cairo. (ORN)
1863/10/24U.S.S. Conestoga, Acting Master Gilbert Morton, seized steamer Lillie Martin and tug Sweden, suspected of trading with the Confederates, near Napoleon, Mississippi. (NavHist)
1863/10/24A joint army and navy expedition, consisting of the vessels USS Daylight and USS Howquah, and 125 men from the 158th New York, led by Lieutenant Colonel W. H. McNary, 75 men from Ninth Vt. regiments under the command of Colonel E. H. Ripley, and a battery from the 2nd Mass. Heavy Artillery, left Beaufort, N.C., proceeded to Bear Inlet, and destroyed 'without loss or serious opposition, three salt works, 150 sacks of salt, and a large number of empty barrels for spirits of turpentine.' (ORN)
1863/10/31During October, instruction began for 52 midshipmen at the Confederate States Naval Academy on board CSS Patrick Henry in the James River. (NavHist)
1863/11/02Naval forces convoyed and supported Army troops at Brazos Santiago, Texas, where the Union secured a valuable position on the Mexican border. As a result of this operation, Brownsville, Texas, was also evacuated. (NavHist)
1863/11/05Corporal Lucius O. Wilkins, Co. B, 7th VVI, died of yellow fever cwa-rutland
1863/11/05An armed boat, in charge of Acting Masters Master H. B. Colby, from US Schooner Beauregard, overtook and captured the British schooner Volante, with a cargo of salt, dry goods, etc. The vessel was sent to Key West for adjudication. (ORN)
1863/11/07Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Brattleboro (more)
1863/11/072nd Regiment was engaged or present at Rappahannock Station, Va. (Battles)
1863/11/073rd Regiment was engaged or present at Rappahannock Station, Va. (Battles)
1863/11/075th Regiment was engaged or present at Rappahannock Station, Va. (Battles)
1863/11/15Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, writes from Brattleboro. (more)
1863/11/17Lieutenant Rollin M. Green, 7th VVI, died of yellow fever cwa-rutland
1863/11/19Lurana, wife of H. P. Nichols, died Nov 19 1863, age 51 years and 9 months.

Here lies the remains of H. P. Nichol's wife
Who mourned away her natural life
She mourned herself to death for her man,
While he in the service of Uncle Sam.

(Hilkiah P. Nichols, Co. M, 1st Vt. Cav., was discharged for disability, May 22, 1865) (Tombstone inscription)

1863/11/19President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address. (Lincoln)
1863/11/20Major General James B. McPherson requests USS Carondelet, Acting Master James C. Gipson, conduct an examination of the river at Perkins' plantation for evidence of crossing of Confederate cavalry, and if found, 'put an effective stop to any crossing. (ORN)
1863/11/20Lieutenant Command James A. Greer, USS Benton, corresponding with Acting Master James C. Gipson, commanding USS Carondelet, discusses the crossing of Confederate troops between Grand Gulf and Rodney, Miss. (ORN)
1863/11/23Acting Master James C. Gipson, USS Carondelet, acknowledged orders from Rear Admiral Porter to take whatever actions necessary to protect the beached USS Indianola from destruction, indicating 'I send out a squad of men every day to examine everything about the place generally, and I do not think that any rebel can approach without my knowledge. (ORN)
1863/11/2710th Regiment was engaged or present at Orange Grove, Va. (Battles)
1863/11/281st Vt. Cav. engaged at Morton's Ford, Va. (Battles)
1863/11/30Commodore H. K. Thatcher, USS Colorado, reports the capture by the USS Kanawha of the schooner Albert, or Wenona, off Mobile Bar, indicates confiscated money ($5,573) and a large amount in railroad bonds, were left in the keeping of Acting Assistant Paymaster L. L. Penniman, of the Kanawha. (ORN)
1863/12/07Steamer Chesapeake en route Portland, Maine, was seized off Cape Cod by Confederates disguised as passengers and carried to Nova Scotia. (NavHist)
1863/12/11A force of 60 rebels, under a Major Bradford, came in to attempt to destroy the Indianola. The Carondelet opened fire on them and drove them off. Acting Master Gipson, hearing that the rebels were coming back, went on shore with 30 men; the rebels were there again, but on his approach retreated without firing a gun. (ORN)
1863/12/21The 3rd Sharpshooter Company, with its regiment, reenlisted as an organization. (Peck)
1863/12/21December 21, the company, with its regiment, reenlisted as an organization, and on January 7, 1864, these veterans having received furloughs started for home. February 23, returned to their camp near Culpeper with their bodies and their ranks both recruited, the company again numbering 100 men as when it first left Vt.. (Peck)
1863/12/22Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Brattleboro. (more)

(See also 1863 New York Times articles)