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1864/01/01'The 5th Vt. Regiment, which is the first New England regiment that has re-enlisted for three years, arrived at Burlington, Vt., December 30th, and was received with the firing of cannon and the ringing of bells. The regiment, which numbers 325 men, were escorted to the Town Hall by the 3d Vt. battery. Many distinguished citizens, several provost marshals of the state, and General Pitcher, assistant provost marshal general, participated in the reception.' (Fitchburg Sentinel, courtesy of Jennifer Mitten, original at Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.)
1864/01/013rd Battery mustered into U. S. service. (Dyer)
1864/01/05Three hundred twenty-one members of the 8th Regiment 'made a second claim of being patriots by re-enlisting for three years more of service.' (Peck)
1864/01/0517th Regiment, Company A, mustered in. (Dyer)
1864/01/07The 3rd Sharpshooter Company, having reenlisted and received furloughs, started for home. (Peck)
1864/01/13Secretary Welles ordered Commander Colvocoresses, commanding USS Saratoga, to proceed to Charleston, South Carolina, and report to Rear Admiral Dahlgren for duty in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. (ORN)
1864/01/19Pvt James Alfred McCoy, Co. M, 1st VVC, deserted (1st Cavalry)
1864/01/20Privates John and Patrick Hopkins, draft dodgers, were arrested and entered the service as privates in Co. C, 10th VVI. John was taken prisoner at Monocacy on 9 July 1864, but survived the war; Patrick was mortally wounded in the same battle, and died a month later. (Monocacy)
1864/01/21Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Totten, Washington, D.C. (more)
1864/01/257th Regiment at Jackson's Bridge, Fla. (Dyer)
1864/01/27In a Circular passed to all vessels of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, Fleet Paymaster Charles C. Upham ordered all accounts of men sent to the Hammond Hospital be forwarded to the receiving ship at Beaufort. (ORN)
1864/01/31Acting Masters Mate H. B. Colby, US Schooner Beauregard, in an armed boat, pursued a suspicious sloop for four hours, overtaking his prize 'close in to the breakers about 10 miles to the northward of Cape Canaveral.' The vessel was the British sloop Racer, with a cargo of 20 bales of cotton, bound for Nassau. The prize was sent to Key West for adjudication. Acting Master Francis Burgess, commanding Beauregard, reported: 'I beg leave to mention Acting Masters Mate H. B. Colby, who has used unusual energy in assisting in the capture of this sloop, as also on former occasions.' (ORN)
1864/02/027th Regiment at Point Washington, Fla. (Dyer)
1864/02/02First Lieutenant Erastus W. Jewett, Co. A, 9th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/02/02First Lieutenant Josiah O. Livingston, 9th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/02/02First Lieutenant Theodore S. Peck, Co. H, 9th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/02/02Confederate boat expedition led by Commander J. T. Wood captured and destroyed USS Underwriter in the Neuse River, North Carolina. (NavHist)
1864/02/03The Ninth Vt. Regiment, which was at Newport, N.C., crossed the river and came into Beaufort by the New Berne road.' (ORN)
1864/02/04Acting Master Francis Burgess, US Schooner Beauregard, sent a boat in charge of Acting Masters Mate H. B. Colby, into Jupiter Inlet to search for blockade runners. Colby discovered and seized the boat Lydia, bound for Nassau with cotton and turpentine. The prize was sent to Key West for adjudication (ORN)
1864/02/04Reporting informally from the Naval Store House, Bogue Island, Fleet Paymaster Upham detailed the situation surrounding the Confederate's investment of New Berne, N.C., which included a skirmish at Newport involving the Ninth Vt. Regiment, which suffered 160 casualties. The enemy had destroyed a large quantity of naval stores, captured the railroad and telegraph and five gunboats, destroying one of them in the process. He further reported that 2,600 Union troops in the local area were 'a very small force to cope with a large desperate force of from 10,000 to 20,000 men.' (ORN)
1864/02/06Fleet Paymaster Upham reported that the loss of naval stores at Newport Barracks was not as serious as he had first thought, and he would be returning to USS Minnesota as soon as his duties in the area permitted. Among the stores lost were 10 days rations for the Ninth Vt. Regiment, which, according to Commander Benjamin M. Dove, ' Was not only a great loss to us, but a great assistance to the enemy, as they seem to be living mostly on corn, peanuts, and sweep potatoes.' Later in the day, Colonel Ripley 'made a reconnoissance toward Newport and found that the rebels had fallen back again. (ORN)
1864/02/10A commission as colonel, 17th Regiment, was issued to Francis V. Randall, but he could not muster until the regiment mustered in 10 companies. (Peck)
1864/02/13Lieutenant Frank N. Finney, Co. D, 7th VVI, returned to the regiment with 110 recruits from Vt. (more)
1864/02/15Adjutant General Peter Washburn corresponded with the Provost Marshall in Washington, regarding Vt.'s quota of soldiers. (Correspondence)
1864/02/15Acting Ensign W. O. Putnam and Acting Second Assistant Engineer James Pollard were sent to take charge of the steamer Pet, at Lockwood's Folly Inlet, near Wilmington, N.C. The steamer had been captured by USS Montgomery, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant E. H. Faucon. (ORN)
1864/02/17Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley sank Union blockader Housatonic off Charleston -- the first submarine to sink a ship in combat. (NavHist)
1864/02/23The Third Sharpshooter Company 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)
1864/02/24Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Totten, Washington, D.C. (more)
1864/02/29William N. Dunn, 1st Vt. Cav., was taken prisoner during Kilpatrick's Raid on Richmond. He died at Andersonville October 6. (Dunn)
1864/03/011st Vt. Cav. engaged at Mechanicsville, Va. (Battles)
1864/03/0117th Regiment, Companies B, C and D, mustered in. (Dyer)
1864/03/021st Vt. Cav. engaged at Piping Tree, Va. (Battles)
1864/03/11Acting Ensign H. B. Colby was sent in a boat from US Schooner Beauregard, Acting Master Francis Burgess, to capture a suspect schooner trying to get into Mosquito Inlet. A second boat, from US Schooner Norfolk Packet, joined Colby in the chase. By the time the boats reached the inlet, the schooner, later found to be the British schooner Linda, had already turned the point and was headed up the river. Colby beached his boat, ran up the riverbed and after firing several musket shots, the schooner lowered her sails and was boarded by the second boat. (ORN)
1864/03/11USS Carondelet, off the Red River, launched all boats under charge of Lieutenant Commander Mitchell, accompanied by Executive Officer Gipson and other officers, 'taking with them all the small-arms crew on shore for battalion drill. (ORN)
1864/03/12Ships of Rear Admiral D. D. Porter's Mississippi Squadron moved up the Red River to commence the unsuccessful Army-Navy campaign to gain a foothold in the Texas interior. (NavHist)
1864/03/13Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Totten, Washington, D.C. (more)
1864/03/16Major Amasa Bartlett, 9th Regiment, died from brain fever; he 'was one of the most promising young officers who went from Vt. to the war.' (Peck)
1864/03/18Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Totten, D.C. (more)
1864/03/30Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slemmer, D.C. (more)
1864/03/31Gay, Stillman O. Gay, Pvt, Co. H, 2nd USSS, died of disease. (Sharpshooters)
1864/04/027th Regiment at Nix's Clearing, Fla. (Dyer)
1864/04/08Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slemmer, D.C. (more)
1864/04/091st Battery at Pleasant Hill, LA (Dyer)
1864/04/10Lieutenant Commander Temple, Fleet Captain East Gulf Blockading Squadron, was ordered to take command of the USS San Jacinto in Key West, by Acting Rear Admiral T. Bailey. (ORN)
1864/04/1217th Regiment, Companies E, F and G, mustered in. (Dyer)
1864/04/14Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slemmer, D.C. (more)
1864/04/14Abstract log of USS Brooklyn: At 1 p.m. went into commission, Captain Alden assuming command, the following officers attached to the ship being present: Lieutenant Command Lull, executive officer… (ORN)
1864/04/1817th Regiment, Companies A through G, started for Alexandria, VA, arriving the 22nd. (Dyer)
1864/04/18Acting Master E. C. Healy, commanding US Schooner Beauregard, off St. Augustine, Fla., sent a gig and cutter in charge of Acting Ensign H. B. Colby into Matanzas Inlet, where he boarded and capture the English schooner Oramoneta, of Nassau, which was sent to St. Augustine for adjudication. (ORN)
1864/04/19CSS Albemarle, Commander J. W. Cooke, sank USS Southfield and forced the remainder of the Union squadron at Plymouth, North Carolina, to withdraw. Having gained control of the waterways in the area, the Confederates were able to capture Plymouth on 20 April. (NavHist)
1864/04/20Command Benjamin M. Dove, commanding Naval Station Beaufort, N.C., reported that, at the request of Colonel (Edwin H.) Ripley, he had sent a party of 60 sailors from the Grand Gulf and Cambridge to Fort Macon. He further indicated 'if the Ninth Vt. Regiment are driven in from Gales' Creek and Newport, on Bogue Sound, it will be necessary to send a strong party to man the intrenchments back of Morehead City for them to fall back on.' Two days later, Acting Rear Admiral Lee responded; 'I would remind you that the Navy has nothing to do with military affairs and arrangements. General Butler has the charge of such defensive and offensive operations, and I wish you to leave them entirely to him or the officers he may place in charge.' (ORN)
1864/04/22The Coinage Act of 1864 mandates that the inscription "In God We Trust" be placed on all coins minted as United States currency.
1864/04/231st Battery at Cane River, LA (Dyer)
1864/04/25Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slemmer, D.C. (more)
1864/04/25Sloan US General Hospital opened in Montpelier. Benedict)
1864/04/301st Battery at Alexandria, LA, until May 10. (Dyer)
1864/05/01The stations of vessels composing the East Gulf Blockading Squadron included USS San Jacinto, Captain Greene, at Campeche Banks. (ORN)
1864/05/03Colonel Lewis A. Grant, 1st Brigade, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/05/05Colonel Newton Stone, who had assumed command of the 2nd Regiment on 1 April, was killed in action at the Wilderness (Benedict)
1864/05/051st Brigade (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Regiments) engaged or present at the Wilderness, VA through May 9 (Battles)
1864/05/051st Vt. Cav. engaged at Craig's Church, Va. (Battles)
1864/05/05First Sergeant Carlos H. Rich, Co. K, 9th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/05/05USS Sassacus, Lieutenant Command Francis A. Roe, suffered damage during an engagement with the rebel ironclad ram Roanoke and gunboat Bombshell at the head of Albemarle Sound, North Carolina. In addition to significant damage to the vessel, the crew suffered 20 casualties, including 5 dead. Acting Volunteer Ensign Edward A. Sawyer suffered a slight contusion in the engagement. (ORN)
1864/05/05USS Sassacus, Wyalusing, and Mattabesett engaged CSS Albemarle off the mouth of the Roanoke River as the Union sought in vain to regain control near Plymouth. (NavHist)
1864/05/05Capt. Riley Bird, 6th VT Inf., of Bristol, after being wounded twice earlier in the day, was killed in action at the Wilderness. (Kimball's scrapbook)
1864/05/06USS Wave and USS Granite City, lying at anchor at Calcasieu Bayou, Louisiana, were attacked by a battery of artillery and several hundred sharpshooters, and were forced to surrender due to the death or wounding of most of their gun crews. Onboard the Granite City was Acting Ensign Stephen R. Tyrrell, who had his arm shot off. Tyrrell later died in a Confederate prison in or near Houston, Texas. (ORN)
1864/05/06Confederate torpedo destroyed USS Commodore Jones in the James River, Virginia, one of several losses the Union suffered from torpedoes during the year. (NavHist)
1864/05/07Henry Stiles, Co. A, 2nd VVT, was promoted SGT-Major of the regiment (2nd Vt. Infantry)
1864/05/08Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slemmer, Washington, D. C. (more)
1864/05/081st Vt. Cav. was engaged or present at Spotsylvania, Va. (Battles)
1864/05/09Lieutenant-Colonel John Coughlin, 10th NH INF, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/05/101st Brigade (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 11th Regiments) and 10th Regiment were engaged or present at Spotsylvania, VA through May 18. (Battles)
1864/05/10Colonel Thomas O. Seaver, 3rd VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/05/111st Vt. Cav. engaged at Yellow Tavern, Va. (Battles)
1864/05/12Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slemmer D.C. (more)
1864/05/121st Vt. Cav. engaged at Meadow Bridge, Va. (Battles)
1864/05/12Captain Dayton P. Clarke, Co. F, 2nd VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/05/12Private William W. Noyes, Co. F, 2nd VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/05/122nd Lieutenant Augustus I. Robbins, Co. B, 2nd VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/05/13The last of Rear Admiral Porter's squadron, after being trapped by low water, dashed through the hurriedly constructed Red River dams to safety below the Alexandria rapids. (NavHist)
1864/05/15The stations of vessels of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron included USS San Jacinto, Captain Greene, at Campeche Banks. (ORN)
1864/05/161st Battery at Mansura, LA (Dyer)
1864/05/181st Battery at Bayou de Glaze, LA (Dyer)
1864/05/181st Battery at Yellow Bayou, LA (Dyer)
1864/05/21Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fredericksburg, after being wounded in the arm by a piece of shell. (more)
1864/05/23Secretary Welles ordered Commander Colvocoresses, commanding USS Saratoga, to proceed to Port Royal, South Carolina, and report to Rear Admiral Dahlgren for duty in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. (ORN)
1864/05/25Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C> (more)
1864/05/2517th Regiment was engaged or present at North Anna, Va. (Battles)
1864/05/28The schooner Ariel, tender to USS San Jacinto, Captain Greene, captured the sloop General Finegan from Crystal River, bound for Havana. Captain Greene forwarded a prize list to Secretary Welles on 18 June. (ORN)
1864/05/31Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from his brother in Stratton (more)
1864/05/3110th Regiment was engaged or present at Tolopotomy, Va. (Battles)
1864/05/3117th Regiment was engaged or present at Tolopotomy, Va. (Battles)
1864/05/311st Vt. Cav. engaged at Hanover Court House, VA (Battles)
1864/06/01Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C. (more)
1864/06/011st Brigade (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 11th Regiments), 10th Vt. Regiment, engaged or present at Cold Harbor, VA through June 12. (Battles)
1864/06/011st Vt. Cav. engaged at Ashland, Va. (Battles)
1864/06/01The stations of vessels of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron included USS San Jacinto, Captain T. P. Greene, at Campeche Banks. (ORN)
1864/06/01USS Exchange, Acting Master James C. Gipson, was attacked by a masked battery while passing Columbia, Arkansas. The port engine was struck and disabled, keeping the vessel under fire for forty-five minutes. Gipson was struck by a shot passing through the pilot house, and was knocked senseless for ten or fifteen minutes. (ORN)
1864/06/0317th Regiment was engaged or present at Bethesda Church, Va. (Battles)
1864/06/031st Vt. Cav. engaged at Hawe's Shop., Va. (Battles)
1864/06/04Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C. (more)
1864/06/05Captain Alexander M. Beattie, Co. F, 3rd VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/06/06'Captain Darrah was killed by a rebel sharpshooter. No man could show his head above the breastworks, or go twenty yards from them to the rear, without exposing himself to the same fate.' (Haynes)
1864/06/08Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C. (more)
1864/06/09Six miles west of Beaufort Bar, N.C., USS New Berne 'called away and sent in three boats in charge of executive officer (Acting Master Robert Y. Holley), crew well armed,' to investigate a strange steamer, which turned out to be the steamer Pevensey, from Bermuda, intending to run the blockade at Wilmington, N.C. The steamer eventually ran ashore and blew up both boilers, the crew escaping, except for one. (ORN)
1864/06/101st Vt. Cav. engaged at Bottom Bridge, Va. (Battles)
1864/06/10Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C. (more)
1864/06/11Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C. (more)
1864/06/12'The Tenth now began to appear like a veteran regiment. Scores of the men who had fought through the battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania unhurt, had fallen at these fatal cross roads, and as the command filed silently out of their works on the night of the twelfth, their thinned ranks plainly told the sad brave story of their last twelve days' work.' (Haynes)
1864/06/12Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C. (more)
1864/06/121st Lieutenant Edward B. Williston, 2nd U.S. Artillery, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/06/131st Vt. Cav. engaged at White Oak Swamp, Va. (Battles)
1864/06/13Acting Master James J. Russell, US schooner Ariel, to Captain Greene, commanding USS San Jacinto, reports on a cruise between Tampa Bay and the Homosassa River. (ORN)
1864/06/15Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Washington, D.C. (more)
1864/06/151st Vt. Cav. engaged at Malvern Hill, VA (Battles)
1864/06/15Arlington National Cemetery is established on 200 acres of land set aside by U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton
1864/06/15The stations of vessels of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron included USS San Jacinto, Captain Greene, at Campeche Banks. (ORN)
1864/06/15At 3:30 p.m., USS Saratoga came to with the starboard anchor in Port Royal Harbor. (ORN)
1864/06/15Commodore S. C. Rowan, senior officer at Port Royal, orders USS Saratoga, Commander Colvocoresses, to proceed to St. Helena Sound to take position in the blockade there. (ORN)
1864/06/16USS San Jacinto, Captain Greene, was ordered by Acting Rear Admiral T. Bailey, commanding East Gulf Blockading Squadron, at Key West, to return to Key West, cruising for a few days, in a position to intercept blockade runners from Sabine Pass and Galveston. (ORN)
1864/06/1717th Regiment was engaged or present at Petersburg, Va. (Battles)
1864/06/181st Brigade, engaged or present at Petersburg, Va. (Battles)
1864/06/18Rear Admiral J. A. Dahlgren, commanding South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, ordered Commander Colvocoresses, commanding USS Saratoga, to proceed to blockade Doboy Sound, Georgia, relieving US bark Midnight. (ORN)
1864/06/19The Ninth Vt. Regiment participated in an expedition to cut the railroad between Wilmington and Goldsboro, N.C. The majority of the regiment went overland by train and marching to be close to Jacksonville, Onslow County, by June 21. Captain Samuel H. Kelley and 100 men went to Beaufort. On June 20, the side-wheel steamer Nansemond and the screw steamer Calypso embarked Kelley's men and sailed to New River, N. C. The troops were successfully landed in surfboats on June 21. Captain Kelley and his men moved up the river about eight miles, took possession of Snead's Ferry and captured several Confederate pickets. The next evening, Kelley's force came under friendly fire from the 12th New York Cavalry. The mission was aborted due to the size of the Confederate force in the area (apparently the rebels had obtained intelligence regarding the expedition), and Captain Kelley and his men returned to Beaufort. Reporting to Commander Benjamin M. Dove, Naval Station, Beaufort, Acting Ensign J. H. Porter, commanding one of the boats from the Calypso, said of Kelley 'he has been untiringly at work ever since his first landing, and though more than once in difficult positions, has managed his part of the expedition with perfect success.' (ORN)
1864/06/19USS Kearsarge, Commander J. A. Winslow, sank CSS Alabama, Captain R. Semmes, off Cherbourg, France, ending the career of the South's most famous commerce raider. (NavHist)
1864/06/2210th Regiment was engaged or present at Weldon Railroad, Va. (Battles)
1864/06/2211th Regiment was engaged or present at Weldon Railroad, Va. (Battles)
1864/06/221st Vt. Cav. engaged at Ream's Station, Va. (Battles)
1864/06/2310th Regiment was engaged or present at Weldon Railroad, Va. (Battles)
1864/06/2311th Regiment was engaged or present at Weldon Railroad, Va. (Battles)
1864/06/231st Vt. Cav. engaged at Nottoway Court House, Va. (Battles)
1864/06/23Sergeant James Drury, Co. C, 4th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/06/23At 1:30 p.m., USS Saratoga came to anchor, Sapelo light-house bearing W.N.W., distant about 6 miles. (ORN)
1864/06/24Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C. (more)
1864/06/241st Vt. Cav. engaged at Keyesville, Va. (Battles)
1864/06/25Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C. (more)
1864/06/251st Vt. Cav. engaged at Roanoke Station, Va. (Battles)
1864/06/28Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C. (more)
1864/06/281st Vt. Cav. engaged at Stony Creek, Va. (Battles)
1864/06/291st Vt. Cav. engaged at Ream's Station, Va. (Battles)
1864/06/291st Vt. Cav. engaged at Stony Creek, Va. (Battles)
1864/06/301st Vt. Cav. engaged at Ridley's Shop, Va. (Battles)
1864/07/01The stations of vessels of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron included USS San Jacinto, Captain Greene, at Sand Key. (ORN)
1864/07/02The town of Morristown voted to pay a bounty of $500 to each recruit and the following resolution was passed: 'In view of the coming call for soldiers and to the end that a draft may be avoided in this town we earnestly desire and request the selectmen to use all and every effort to raise a sufficient number of men to fill the quota of the town for the next requisition that may be made.' (Mower, 143-44)
1864/07/05USS San Jacinto, Captain Greene, was ordered by Acting Rear Admiral T. Bailey, Commanding East Gulf Blockading Squadron, to proceed to cruise on a parallel of 29? N., between 85? 30' and 87? 30'. ' When in want of coal proceed to Tampa therefore, and having coaled, return to your present anchorage at Sand Key and report to me. (ORN)
1864/07/08Future Rear Admiral, Franklin Cogswell Prindle is born in Sandgate. (Arlington)
1864/07/091st Lieutenant George E. Davis, Co. D, 10th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/07/09Corporal Alexander Scott, Company D, 10th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/07/1111th Regiment was engaged or present at Fort Stevens, Va. (Battles)
1864/07/113rd Regiment engaged at Fort Stevens, Washington, D.C. (Battles)
1864/07/12Captain Melancton Smith, Senior Officer in James River, ordered Lieutenant George Dewey to proceed to USS Agawam, in temporary command, and tae up station at Aiken's Landing. (ORN)
1864/07/151st Heavy Artillery Company engaged at Gonzales Station, FL (Battles)
1864/07/157th Regiment In action at Gonzales Station, Fla. (Battles)
1864/07/15The stations of vessels of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron included USS San Jacinto, Captain Greene, cruising in the Gulf of Mexico. (ORN)
1864/07/16Captain Melancton Smith, Senior Officer in James River, ordered USS Agawam, Lieutenant George Dewey, to proceed to Four Mile Creek and assist Commander Nichols in dislodging the enemy, ' Who have a battery in position near the edge of the woods in that vicinity.' Lieutenant Dewey was to return to his station after dark. (ORN)
1864/07/18Lieutenant Henry L. Johnson, USS Ironclad Passaic, at Port Royal, S.C., reported on the results of a survey of the prize sloop Julia. (ORN)
1864/07/18Captain Melancton Smith, Senior Officer in James River, ordered USS Agawam, Lieutenant Dewey, at Dutch Gap, to search for and destroy torpedoes, 'one in the Swash, one in the main channel of Harrison's Bar, and one in the vicinity of Wilcox's Wharf.' Smith later reported to Acting Rear Admiral Samuel P. Lee, that Dewey 'made a thorough search for the torpedoes at Harrison's Bar, landing the marines and dragging the channel, but nothing was discovered. (ORN)
1864/07/20Captain Melancton Smith, Senior Officer in James River, ordered USS Agawam, Lieutenant Dewey, after completing coaling, to report to Commander Nichols in the vicinity of Four Mile Creek, 'for the protection of a working party belonging to General Foster's command.' Lieutenant Dewey subsequently reported to Commander Nichols that he had captured the enemy position, including a lieutenant and four privates, who were erecting a battery. (ORN)
1864/07/20Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/07/22Lieutenant Henry L. Johnson, USS Ironclad Passaic, at Port Royal, S.C., reported the results of a survey of the prize sloop Sarah Mary near the mouth of Horse Island Creek, S.C.. (ORN)
1864/07/25Acting Rear Admiral Theodorus Bailey, commanding East Gulf Blockading Squadron, ordered Captain Greene, USS San Jacinto, to return to Key West to assume, temporarily, command of the East Gulf blockading Squadron during Bailey's leave of absence. (ORN)
1864/07/26Abstract log of USS Saratoga, Commander Colvocoresses: 'At anchor in Sapelo Sound. At 8:30 p.m. four boats left the ship on an expedition; the launch, in charge of Mr. Baldwin; first cutter, Boatswain P. J. Miller; third cutter, Acting Masters Mate Stannard; the whole expedition composed of 75 men and 2 pilots. (ORN)
1864/07/27Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/07/281st Battery moved to Baton Rouge, where they stayed until ordered home on July 28. (Dyer)
1864/07/28Large side-wheel double-enders USS Mendota, Commander Nichols, and USS Agawam, temporarily commanded by Lieutenant George Dewey, shelled Confederate positions across Four Mile Creek, on the James River, in support of Union moves to clear the area and restore full Northern use of the river at that point. (ORN)
1864/07/3017th Regiment was engaged or present at Petersburg Mine, Va. (Battles)
1864/08/01Colonel Gaulden, not to be outdone, published an explanatory letter in the Savannah Republican adding a challenge to the observant naval Captain: 'As the Captain seems to be a reader of your paper, I take this opportunity to make my compliments to him and to say that when he calls to see me again I shall be at home, and will try and give him a more respectful reception.' (ORN)
1864/08/01Landing party under Commander Colvocoresses, composed of 115 officers and men, raided a meeting of civilians forming a coastal guard at McIntosh Court House, Georgia. Colvocoresses marched his men overland after coming ashore during the night of 2 August, destroyed a bridge to prevent being cut off by Confederate cavalry, and captured some 26 prisoners and 22 horses before making his way safely back to USS Saratoga. Rear Admiral Dahlgren, amused at the circumstances of the expedition and pleased with its results, reported to the men of his squadron: 'Captain Colvocoresses having been favored with a sight of the notice in a Savannah paper, and feeling considerable interest in the object of the meeting, concluded that he would attend it also, which he did, with a number of United States citizens serving at the time on board the USS Saratoga as officers, seamen, and marines. . . . When the appointed time arrived, Mr. Miller [Boatswain Philip J. Miller] set fire to the bridge [outside the town] and at the signal the main body rushed out and joined the meeting. . . . Captain Colvocoresses then read to the meeting from the newspaper the order of Colonel Gaulden [CSA] for their assembling, and, regretting that the Colonel had failed to attend, he invited the meeting to accompany him, which they did, and arrived safely on board the Saratoga, where they meet daily under the United States flag.' The Admiral later reported to Secretary Welles of the prisoners: '. . . . it is hoped that under the old flag the deliberations may be of a more beneficial tendency, as the parties are now relieved of their proposed responsibility as a coast guard. (ORN)
1864/08/01The stations of vessels composing the East Gulf Blockading Squadron included USS San Jacinto, Captain Greene, coaling at Tampa Bay. (ORN)
1864/08/01Abstract log of USS Saratoga: From meridian to 4 p.m. all hands getting the expedition ready. At 4:30 p.m. the expedition started, captain [Colvocoresses] in command, 6 boats and 110 men, including officers. (ORN)
1864/08/01The stations of the regular line officers of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, included: Commander Colvocoresses, USS Saratoga, and Lieutenant Henry L. Johnson, USS Passaic. (ORN)
1864/08/02Henry Thompson Burdick, Sgt, Co. E, 11th VVI, was discharged to accept a commission as 1LT, 12th US Colored Artillery (11th Infantry)
1864/08/03Hiram Laraway, Company A, 5th Regiment, died at Andersonville of diarrhea. (see Alson Blake's deposition)
1864/08/03Abstract log of USS Saratoga: At 3 a.m. the boats returned to the ship. At 2:40 p.m. Acting Masters Mate Chase started with all the boats, assisted by the T.A. Ward's boats, to go to The Ridge to take the captain and party that went on expedition on board. At 6:30 p.m. boats out of sight behind Doboy Island, in the direction of The Ridge, a squall blowing ahead at the time. (ORN)
1864/08/04Abstract log of USS Saratoga: At 1 a.m. John W. McReynolds returned in a canoe; reported the boats not arrived at the landing. At 1:30 dispatched him at once to go in search of the boats, and to take them to the right landing. At 2:30 called all hands to quarters, a hail from a boat being reported. Nothing further taking place, piped down at 3 a.m. At 1:30 p.m. the expedition returned with 26 prisoners. John Steward, seaman, missing. (ORN)
1864/08/04Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/08/05Rear Admiral D. G. Farragut's fleet steamed by Forts Morgan and Gaines, through the deadly torpedo field blocking the channel, and into Mobile Bay. In the fierce engagement with the forts and Admiral F. Buchanan's small squadron, Farragut won a victory worthy of his great name. (NavHist)
1864/08/06Commander Colvocoresses' report on the expedition to the court-house of McIntosh County, Georgia, includes a descriptive list of all the prisoners taken. (ORN)
1864/08/06Captain James Alden, USS Brooklyn, forwarded reports to Rear Admiral Farragut from Lieutenant Commander Lull, executive officer, and the vessel's carpenter, boatswain and acting gunner, on damages incurred by the vessel during the engagement against Fort Morgan, in Mobile Bay, the previous day. Captain Alden added: 'To my executive officer, Lieutenant Commander Lull, my thanks are especially due, not only for his cool, steady bearing in the fight, but also for the efficient training of the crew, which have been together now less than three months, but displayed in the action the steadiness of veterans, fighting their guns almost as coolly as if they were at an ordinary exercise. (ORN)
1864/08/06CSS Tallahassee, Commander J. T. Wood, put to sea from Wilmington, launching a brief but highly successful cruise against Northern shipping. (NavHist)
1864/08/06Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/08/07Captain Greene, to Secretary Welles: 'In obedience to an order of Acting Rear Admiral T. Bailey, I have this day assumed command of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron.' (ORN)
1864/08/08Captain Greene, commanding East Gulf Blockading Squadron, reports on a series of successful expeditions on 11 July, 2, 3 and 4 August, from the US bark James L. Davis, Acting Master W. N. Griswold. 'These expeditions, without loss of life or limb, show a very commendable spirit on the part of officers and men.' (ORN)
1864/08/09Lieutenant George M. Bache, USS Lexington, commanding Seventh District pro tem, reported on the condition of affairs at White River Station. He also noted that Acting Master Gipson, USS Exchange, had raised another of the Queen City's guns, 'making seven in all that we now have from that vessel. (ORN)
1864/08/101st Battery mustered out, having lost during service 3 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 51 Enlisted men by disease. Total 54. (Dyer)
1864/08/10Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf. 'As part of Sixth Corps, 'moved out from Harper's Ferry and camped at Clifton, the name of a large plantation near Berryville.' (Walker)
1864/08/10Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf. 'Moving south, encountered Early's army at Cedar Creek, just beyond Middletown.' (Walker)
1864/08/101st Battery mustered out. Recruits were transferred to 2nd Battery (Dyer)
1864/08/107th Regiment reenlisted veterans departed on furlough to Vt.. (Dyer)
1864/08/11Rear Admiral Dahlgren, at Doboy Sound, Georgia, ordered Commander Colvocoresses, USS Saratoga, to transfer 26 rebel prisoners which he had recently captured, to a passing steamer to pass to the USS South Carolina, then in the vicinity of the Savannah River. (ORN)
1864/08/11Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/08/12Benjamin D. Cargill, a Private in Co. B, 2nd VVI, died of wounds incurred at Spotsylvania C.H. on 12 May; he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery 2nd Infantry)
1864/08/13Captain Greene, commanding East Gulf Blockading Squadron, reports measures taken in view of a reported attack by a Confederate ram upon the naval force at West Pass, Apalachicola [St. George's Sound], to Secretary Welles. (ORN)
1864/08/13Abstract log of USS Brooklyn: From meridian to 4 P.m.: Lieutenant Commander Lull and Second Assistant Engineer J. D. Toppin were detached from this vessel and ordered to the C.S.S. Tennessee, the former to command the ram. (ORN)
1864/08/13Acting Ensign William J. Eldredge, commanding US Schooner J. S. Chambers, reported to Captain Greene, commanding East Gulf Blockading Squadron at Key West, that the captain and executive officer of the vessel 'being now also down with the fever, there remains but myself and an acting mater's mate fit for duty,' and requested permission to take the vessel to a Northern port. Thirteen men and one officer had died on this date, and others before them. Captain Greene dispatched Passed Acting Assistant Surgeon J. H. Macomber, to evaluate the ship's condition and render assistance as necessary. (ORN)
1864/08/14Cornelius Smith, a substitute for D. W. Bidwell, of Starksboro, enlisted in the Navy and served three years (Navy)
1864/08/15The stations of vessels composing East Gulf Blockading Squadron included USS San Jacinto, Captain Greene, gone north in charge of Lieutenant Commander J. N. Quackenbush. (ORN)
1864/08/16Captain Greene, USS San Jacinto, commanding East Gulf Blockading Squadron, reported to Secretary Welles on the condition and status of the ships in his squadron, most notably the seven vessels that had sailed for the north, due to yellow fever, and his own ship, which had been taken north by his predecessor, Acting Rear Admiral Bailey, leaving Captain Greene with insufficient ships to continue an effective blockade in his sector. (ORN)
1864/08/16A boat expedition by Commander Colvocoresses, USS Saratoga, consisting of men from that ship and T. A. Ward, Acting Master Babcock, captured some 100 prisoners and a quantity of arms on a daring raid into McIntosh County, Georgia. Commander Colvocoresses liberated 70 slaves, and destroyed a salt works and a strategic bridge across the South Newport River on the main road to Savannah. On 26 August, Rear Admiral Dahlgren acknowledged Colvocoresses' report of the incident and commented: 'All this was done without casualty, and was very creditably executed, and will be duly reported to the Navy Department with my acknowledgments. I shall also issue an order making my acknowledgments to yourself, your officers, and your men. (ORN)
1864/08/171st Vt. Cav. engaged at Winchester, Va. (Battles)
1864/08/18Paymaster Charles C. Upham, USS Minnesota, reported on the improper disposition of funds resulting from a transfer of tar shipped by him the previous February to Beaufort, North Carolina, intended for the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The tar had been sold, and the funds turned over to the Treasury Department as proceeds from abandoned property. Upham opined that the money rightfully belonged to the Navy Department. (ORN)
1864/08/18Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/08/19Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/08/20Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/08/2111th Regiment was engaged or present at Charlestown, Va. (Battles)
1864/08/2117th Regiment was engaged or present at Weldon Railroad, Va. (Battles)
1864/08/211st Vt. Cav. engaged at Charlestown, Va. (Battles)
1864/08/211st Vt. Cav. engaged at Summit Point, Va. (Battles)
1864/08/212nd Regiment was engaged or present at Charlestown, Va. (Battles)
1864/08/213rd Regiment was engaged or present at Charlestown, Va. (Battles)
1864/08/215th Regiment was engaged or present at Charlestown, Va. (Battles)
1864/08/221st Vt. Cav. engaged at Charlestown, Va. (Battles)
1864/08/22Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/08/23A boat expedition under Commander Colvocoresses, USS Saratoga, composed of men from Saratoga, USS T.A. Ward, Acting Master Babcock, and US bark Braziliera, Acting Master Gillespie, engaged Confederate pickets along Turtle River, Georgia. The expedition aimed at the capture of an encampment at Bethel, Georgia, but the Confederates there were alerted by the firing downstream and escaped. On 15 September the daring and resourceful Colvocoresses was commended by Secretary Welles for his three successful forays into Southern territory. (ORN)
1864/08/23Fort Morgan, the last of the three forts at Mobile Bay to remain in Confederate hands, capitulated. (NavHist)
1864/08/23Abstract log of USS Saratoga: An expedition left the ship at 7:15 p.m. with 75 men. (ORN)
1864/08/24Rear Admiral Dahlgren ordered USS Saratoga, Commander Colvocoresses, to proceed to St. Helena and assume command of the blockading forces at that place, 'provided you have no expedition on foot that this order will interfere with. (ORN)
1864/08/24Rear Admiral Dahlgren reported to Secretary Welles that 'the activity and skill thus manifested by Captain Colvocoresses are entitled to the highest commendation, and I shall soon give him another and wider field for his labors.' (ORN)
1864/08/24Major Carlos Dwinell, 6th VT Inf., of Glover, Vt., died in Baltimore, Md., of wounds received on the 21st at Charleston, WV. (Kimball's scrapbook)
1864/08/251st Vt. Cav. engaged at Kearneysville, Va. (Battles)
1864/08/25Abstract log of USS Saratoga: At 2 p.m. sent the dingy with 5 men in charge of Boatswain Miller to Doboy Island to reconnoiter. (ORN)
1864/08/25Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/08/26Abstract log of USS Saratoga: At 5 a.m. sent prisoners and contrabands on board the Harvest Moon. At 10:55 a.m. boats returned from the expedition. (ORN)
1864/08/26General order of commendation from Rear Admiral Dahlgren: 'I have the satisfaction to recognize the results of another expedition commanded by Captain Colvocoresses, consisting of men from his own ship, the Saratoga, and a detachment from the Sonoma. On the night of 16th August the party landed at South Newport, where it captured a lieutenant and 28 privates of Company F, Third South Carolina Cavalry, and would, no doubt, have secured the remainder--supposed to number 50 men-- if they had not taken flight. With them were captured 30 rifles, 54 sabres, and 2,000 cartridges. Captain Colvocoresses burned the encampment and stables, liberated 71 slaves, and destroyed the bridge on the main Savannah road. The whole affair was conducted handsomely and with complete success. (ORN)
1864/08/27Captain Greene, commanding East Gulf Blockading Squadron, at Key West, forwarded a letter from the US Consul in Havana, to Secretary Welles and Rear Admiral Farragut, including an offer from an unknown person, to provide intelligence on Confederate ships and activities. (ORN)
1864/08/27Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/08/28Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/08/29Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/08/30The 3rd Battery 'occupied the hottest place on the entire line before and around Petersburg, known to the artillery as "Fort Hell"' until September 6. (Peck)
1864/08/30Rear Admiral Farragut, Flagship Hartford at Mobile Bay, informs Captain Theodore P. Greene, commanding East Gulf Blockading Squadron, Key West, that he will loan him USS Galena for unspecified duties, but requests that the vessel anchor outside Key West harbor due to the sanitary conditions in the area, referring to an outbreak of yellow fever among the crews at Key West. In subsequent correspondence with Secretary Welles, Farragut explained Greene's request for a ship, and his dispatching of the Galena, expecting to have the vessel returned to him after a suitable replacement arrived. (ORN)
1864/08/30Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/08/31Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from the Officers' Hospital, Annapolis, Md. (more)
1864/08/31Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/01Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/01The stations of vessels composing the East Gulf Blockading Squadron included USS San Jacinto, Captain Greene, gone north with Acting Rear Admiral T. Bailey. (ORN)
1864/09/01Rear Admiral Dahlgren requested suggestions as to the feasibility of a plan of operations in the vicinity of the Edisto and Ashepoo rivers from Commander Colvocoresses. (ORN)
1864/09/01Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/02Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/03Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/03Commander R. Handy assumed temporary command of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron, as the officer next in rank, due to an attack of yellow fever suffered by Captain Greene, who was unable to attend to the business of the squadron. (ORN)
1864/09/03Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/04Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/04Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/05Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/05Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/06Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/06Secretary Welles ordered US bark Midnight, Acting Master J. C. Wells, in Philadelphia, to proceed to Key West and report to Captain Greene. Wells was to proceed to Tampa if yellow fever was still prevailing at Key West. (ORN)
1864/09/06Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/07Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/07Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/08Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/08Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/09Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/09Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/10Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/10Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/11Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/11A medical survey was ordered on Lieutenant Charles H. Humphrey, at Mound City, Ill., 'and if he is condemned it will leave us but one marine officer.' (ORN)
1864/09/11Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/12Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Baltimore, about his discharge (more)
1864/09/12Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/12Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/1311th Regiment was engaged or present at Gilbert's Ford, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/132nd Regiment was engaged or present at Gilbert's Ford, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/133rd Regiment was engaged or present at Gilbert's Ford, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/135th Regiment was engaged or present at Gilbert's Ford, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/13Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/13Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/14Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/14Captain Greene, reporting to Secretary Welles: 'I have so far recovered my health as to be able to resume command of this squadron, which I have done so this day.' (ORN)
1864/09/14Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/15Private Warren D. Mather, Co. I, Sixth Vt., describes the incident at Gilbert's Ford two days previous, in a letter to his wife. (Italo)
1864/09/15Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/15Secretary Welles, sent a congratulatory letters to Commander Colvocoresses, regarding his expeditions into Georgia, stating in part, 'The Department desires to return to you and those under your command its thanks for your zealous and good services to the country on the occasions referred to. (ORN)
1864/09/15Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/16Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/16Major General Milroy, at Tullahoma, Tenn., to Major B. H. Polk, Assistant Adjutant General: 'I received a dispatch from Colonel Krzyanowski this morning stating that Captain Morton, U. S. Navy, informed him this morning that Roddey left Guntersville, [Ala.], yesterday, and was marching in direction of Lebanon. (ORN)
1864/09/16Captain Greene, commanding East Gulf Blockading Squadron, reports the capture of steamer Matagorda, or Alice, by USS Magnolia, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant W. S. Cheesman. (ORN)
1864/09/16Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/17Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/17Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/18Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/18Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/19Mutiple Vermont regiments were engaged at Winchester, VA. (Battles)
1864/09/19Sergeant Henry W. Downs, Co. I, 8th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (MOH Page)
1864/09/19Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/19Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/20Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/20Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/211st Vt. Cav. engaged at Front Royal, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/211st Vt. Cav. engaged at Mooney's Grade, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/21Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/21Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/2210th Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/2211th Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/221st Vt. Cav. engaged at Milford, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/223rd Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/224th Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/225th Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/226th Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/228th Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/22Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/22Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/23Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/23Secretary Welles designated Commodore C. K. Stribling to command the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. Stribling was to relieve Captain Greene, presently in temporary command of the squadron. 'Captain Greene can be retained in the squadron in an appropriate capacity should you desire his services, or return home if it should be his wish to do so.' (ORN)
1864/09/23Rear Admiral Dahlgren bemoaned the detachment of Captain Colvocoresses as commander of USS Saratoga, and requested an efficient commander to Saratoga. He stated 'Though a sailing ship, without steam, yet the Saratoga has a crew which, by its numbers and drill, is well fitted for landing parties that few steamers here have, for, when the engineers (who can not be taken from the engines) are set aside, there are few steamers here that can spare boats sufficient in size or number to be of service in landing. The withdrawal of Captain Colvocoresses deranges several plans which I had in view, when the chance offered. (ORN)
1864/09/23Abstract log of USS Saratoga: From 8 to meridian commander went on a reconnoisance up the Ashepoo River. At 7 p.m. commander returned. (ORN)
1864/09/23Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/242nd Regiment was engaged or present at Mount Jackson, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/24Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/24Secretary Welles informed Captain Theodore P. Greene that he was authorized to retain USS Galena as part of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron, and not returned to Rear Admiral Farragut. (ORN)
1864/09/24Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/25Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/25Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/26Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/26Abstract log of USS Saratoga: At 9 a.m. Commander Colvocoresses left the ship and took passage in the USS Pettit. (ORN)
1864/09/26Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/277th Regiment at Marianna, Fla. (Dyer)
1864/09/27Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/27Commander Colvocoresses reported to Rear Admiral Dahlgren regarding his reconnaissance up the Ashepoo River on the previous day. (ORN)
1864/09/27Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/28Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/28George P. Colvocoresses was appointed Acting Midshipman bios
1864/09/281st Vt. Cav. engaged at Waynesboro, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/28US bark Roebuck, Acting Master William L. Martine, reported his arrival at Portsmouth, N.H., with yellow fever patients, in obedience to orders received from Captain Greene, commanding East Gulf Blockading Squadron. (ORN)
1864/09/28Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/29Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/299th Regiment was engaged or present at Chapin's Farm, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/29Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/3017th Regiment was engaged or present at Poplar Spring Church, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/30Private Franklin Johndro, Co. A, 118th NY INF, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/09/30Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/30Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/307th Regiment veterans on furlough departed Vt. for Louisiana. (Dyer)
1864/10/01To this point, Vt. had furnished 32,710 men, 1,014 more than its quotas required. The number of Vermonters in service on this date was approximately 12,250 men. Of these, 1,304 were in hospitals. (Crockett)
1864/10/01Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/01Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/02Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/02Captain Greene, commanding East Gulf Blockading Squadron, reported to Secretary Welles, on the arrival of the schooner O. H. Lee, Acting Master Oliver Thacher, from Boston, and her assignment to blockading duties at St. Marks. (ORN)
1864/10/02Rear Admiral Farragut informed Secretary Welles that Captain Theodore P. Greene, in Key West, had refused to accept new sailors from USS Kensington when it visited, 'on the ground, which appears to me to be a just one, they would only fall victims to the yellow fever.' (ORN)
1864/10/02Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/03Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/03Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/04Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/04Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/047th Regiment veterans sailed from New York, bound for New Orleans, LA. (Dyer)
1864/10/05Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/05Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/06Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/06Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/071st Vt. Cav. engaged at Columbia Furnace, Va. (Battles)
1864/10/07Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/07USS Wachusett, Lieutenant N. Collins, captured CSS Florida, Lieutenant C. M. Morris, at Bahia, Brazil. Thus, in the same year were the cruises of the dread raiders Alabama and Florida ended. (NavHist)
1864/10/07Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/08Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/08Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/091st Vt. Cav. engaged at Tom's Brook, Va. (Battles)
1864/10/09Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/10Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/10Third Assistant Engineer Luther R. Harvey was assigned to the prize crew of a captured blockade runner, the British steamer Bat, which had been captured off the Western Bar, Cape Fear River. The prize was sailed into Beaufort, N.C. (ORN)
1864/10/10Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/11Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/11Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/12Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/12Rear Admiral Cornelius K. Stribling relieved Captain [Theodore P.] Greene as commander of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. Captain Greene had assumed temporary command upon the departure of Rear Admiral Bailey in August 1864. (ORN)
1864/10/12Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/13'Lt. Edward B. Parker; [Company B,] died a prisoner at Columbia, S.C., Oct. 13, 1864, from injuries received from bloodhounds.' (Fox vii-60)
1864/10/13Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/13Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/137th Regiment returning veterans arrived in New Orleans, where they would stay until February 1865. (Dyer)
1864/10/14The quota of Vt. under the President's call for three hundred thousand men for three years, was 3,336 men. (Crockett)
1864/10/14Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/14Acting Rear Admiral C. K. Stribling relieved Captain Greene as commander East Gulf Blockading Squadron. (ORN)
1864/10/14Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/15Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/15Secretary Welles disapproved an order by Captain Greene, temporarily commanding East Gulf Blockading Squadron, to USS Isonomia, to blockade duty at West Pass 'in light of a report from her commanding officer that she was unfit for sea service, and her incapacity to carry much coal.' Isonomia had been ordered to cruise in the vicinity of Nassau and the Bahama Banks in search of blockade runners, and Secretary Welles ordered Acting Rear Admiral Stribling, commanding East Gulf Blockading Squadron at Key West, to send her there. (ORN)
1864/10/15Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/16Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/16Brigadier General R. S. Granger to Major General Thomas: 'I don't believe either Forrest or Roddey can be with Hood. My scout from Blountsville, returned to-day, reports having heard of Hood moving toward Chattanooga, but makes no report of Forrest having passed that way, which he must have known had Forrest joined Hood. Captain Morton repeats his telegram that he is positive that his information is correct. The gunboats, in my opinion, will do but little toward stooping the crossing of the river by such a force as Hood must have. They have no protection for their boilers, none indeed for any part of the boat, and any of them could be totally disabled by three batteries in 15 minutes. They can only be stopped from crossing by batteries and heavy force on this side of the river. (ORN)
1864/10/16Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/17Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/17Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/18Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/18Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/19Multiple Vermont regiments were engaged at Cedar Creek, VA. (Battles)
1864/10/19Lieutenant Colonel Amasa A. Tracy, 2nd VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (MOH Page)
1864/10/19Colonel Stephen Thomas, 8th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (MOH Page)
1864/10/19Colonel William W. Henry, 10th Inf., was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (MOH Page)
1864/10/19Corporal Frederick A. Lyon, 1st VVC, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (MOH Page)
1864/10/19Private James Sweeney, Company A, 1st VVC, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (MOH Page)
1864/10/19Sergeant Eri D. Woodbury, Co. E, 1st VVC, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (MOH Page)
1864/10/19St. Albans raid: A group of Confederate agents, dressed in civilian clothes, robbed three banks. (Raid)
1864/10/19CSS Shenandoah, Lieutenant J. I. Waddell, commissioned off the Madeira Islands. (NavHist)
1864/10/20St. Albans raid: Montreal Gazette reacts to the raid (Raid)
1864/10/20Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/20Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/21Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/21Abstract log of USS Saratoga: Acting Lieutenant Edgar Brodhead came on board from the Wild Cat to take command of this ship by order of the Secretary of the Navy. (ORN)
1864/10/21Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/22Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/22Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/23Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/23Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/24Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/24Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/25Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/25Acting Master Morton, USS General Thomas, to Captain M. Forrest, commanding Eleventh District Mississippi Squadron: 'The river is so low that I can not reach Claysville Landing. Got up to Beard's Bluff. From reliable information at various points on the river, which you can rely on, the enemy is in large force, with artillery and pontoons, between Guntersville, Warrenton, and Fletcher's, and threatens to cross at various points from Beard's Bluff to Triana. River so low that I can not go with safety below Whitesburg. I will endeavor to sue the utmost vigilance from White's Bar to Gunter's Bar until I hear from you. The Stone River is below Whitesburg. I would recommend you to telegraph to General Granger to keep her between Whitesburg and Decatur and communicate with me at head of Hobson's Island, 3 miles above Whitesburg. You can rely upon the information I give to be correct, for I have seen cavalry and officers dressed in regular uniform, which never saw before on the river, and at various points, too, and the information came direct from Warrenton here. Please send me dispatch via Whitesburg to-morrow. I return up river immediately to Beard's Bluff and will be down again to-morrow unless detained by the enemy. Be assured the Thomas is vigilant. Plenty of rails for fuel. (ORN)
1864/10/25Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/26Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/26Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/279th Regiment was engaged or present at Fair Oaks, Va. (Battles)
1864/10/2717th Regiment was engaged or present at Hatcher's Run , Va. (Battles)
1864/10/27Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/27Acting Master Morton, USS General Thomas, to Captain Forrest: 'Have been up the river in the vicinity of Port Deposit and Beard's Bluff. No enemy seen on the banks of the river this morning. Heard heavy trains moving along the mountain roads all night. Took on board one of General Granger's scouts, just in from Warrenton and Guntersville. He reports main force of the enemy moving down the river toward Decatur; courier going to General Hood; that a large Federal force is this side of Gadsden I pursuit. All right on board. It rained very heavily all night, and I will go down river as soon as possible. The probabilities are that the river will rise, and I will pass Whitesburg to-night. (ORN)
1864/10/27Torpedo launch commanded by Lieutenant W. B. Cushing destroyed ram CSS Albemarle in the River, assuring the North of renewed control of the waters around Plymouth, North Carolina. (NavHist)
1864/10/27Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/2817th Regiment was engaged or present at Hatcher's Run, Va. (Battles)
1864/10/28Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/28Secretary Welles to Captain Greene, at Brattleboro, Vt.: 'You are hereby detached from duty as temporary commander of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron…and you will regard yourself as waiting orders.' (ORN)
1864/10/28Major General Thomas, to Colonel W. P. Lyon: 'Your dispatch of this p.m. is received. Please express to Captain Morton my thanks for the activity displayed by him in patrolling the river, and also for the valuable information he forwards. (ORN)
1864/10/28Acting Master Morton, USS General Thomas, to Major General [George] Thomas: From the latest information I can get, the main force of the enemy had moved down the river, but I think they will attempt crossing at Guntersville or Port Deposit. I think the latter place, the river being narrow and a good artillery road for them to come on. Opposite this place is every appearance of fences being down for the moving of cavalry. I fired canister at them, and could see them running through the cornfield. I should go to Decatur and be back here to-night; the river rose last night. Russell's brigade of cavalry is left at Guntersville and one corps at Warrenton. (ORN)
1864/10/28Extract from log of the USS General Thomas: Off Paint Rock from 12 to 4 p. m.: Stopped 'railing;' headed downstream; 2:45, landed at Limestone and took on board more rails; started downstream, had men at quarters; went downstream a short distance and came alongside the Stone River and opened on a rebel battery and received no injury until abreast of the battery, when they opened fire on us with6 other guns, we receiving one shot through the hull, one through the wheelhouse, and two through the cabin, wounding one mortally in the head, one through the back, and one in the neck. Passed the rebel batteries and landed at Decatur. From 4 to 6 p.m.: Weather clear; wind west. Fired 6 shots. Ceased firing. From 6 to 8 p.m.: Weather clear and pleasant. Cast loose from shore and anchored off Decatur. From 8 to 12 p. m. (midnight): Weather clear; wind S. W. Occasional picket firing. (ORN)
1864/10/28USS General Thomas, Acting Master Morton, engaged Confederate batteries near Decatur, Alabama, on the Tennessee River. His vessel sustained damage but passed the batteries, rounded to and, with Army gunboat Stone River, poured such a withering crossfire into the emplacements that the Southerners abandoned them. Brigadier General Robert Granger, commanding Union troops in the area, described the action: 'It was impossible for men to withstand this attack. They deserted their guns, a portion of them retreating to their main line, while many of them rushed down the bank and sought the protection of the trees at the waters edge. The guns of the boats, double-shotted with canister, were turned upon them at a distance of scarcely 300 yards, and poured in a terrible fire.' As the Confederates under General Hood neared the Tennessee River in their campaign to divert Sherman by invading Tennessee, patrolling Union gunboats, invaluable not only in guarding against river crossings, but also in collecting vital information about troop movements, were attacked by mobile field batteries with increasing frequency and intensity. (ORN)
1864/10/28Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/29Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Brown University (more)
1864/10/29Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/29Rear Admiral J. A. Dahlgren, commanding South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, reported to Secretary Welles that he had contemplated a move on the Georgetown, S.C. batteries, and had examined the locality with a view thereto, found the movement beyond his means because Commander Colvocoresses, who was to play a major part and had made a preliminary examination of the site had been withdrawn (not further explained). (ORN)
1864/10/29Extract from log of the USS General Thomas: Off Decatur from 12 to 4 a.m.: Weather cold, with heavy fog. 3 a.m.: The enemy removed their batteries from the bank of the river. Continued firing of pickets. 4 to 8 a.m.: Continual picket firing. 9 a.m.: A force on our left went out to reconnoiter. At 11:30 weighed another and headed upstream. 5 p.m.: Landed at Decatur. 6:50 p.m.: US Army gunboat Stone River came downstream and landed above us. 7:45, cast loose from shore and headed upstream. 11:30, heavy musket firing at Decatur. (ORN)
1864/10/29Brigadier-General Granger, US Army, to Acting Master Morton, USS General Thomas: 'The general commanding desires that you move up the river with your vessel at once, reconnoitering the banks very thoroughly, especially about Whitesburg, where it is reported the enemy will attempt a crossing. Please forward immediately any information of importance you may obtain. (ORN)
1864/10/29Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/29Bvt M.G. Thomas E. G. Ransom, of Norwich, Vt., died in Rome, Ga., after an illness of several weeks. (obituary)
1864/10/30Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/30Extract from log of the USS General Thomas: Off Triana: At 129:05 a.m. were fired into by some cavalry; went to quarters and returned the fire. 12:10 a.m.: weighted anchor and started upstream, shelling the woods. Came to anchor off Triana. 5:45 a.m.: Fired two shots at rebel cavalry. Weighed anchor, started upstream. 7:30, landed at Whitesburg; picked up two deserters on south shore. (ORN)
1864/10/30Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/10/31Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/10/31Extract from log of the USS General Thomas: Off Whitesburg: At 2:45 a.m. three muskets were fired south of Whitesburg. 9:30, the Stone River came down, made fast aft, and hauled us off the bar. 8:15 a.m.: Started up the river and fired 8 shots. 11:30, landed. 4:15 p.m.: Commenced firing at some rebel cavalry. 5:15, ceased firing. 7:30, stopped at Triana and communicated with some soldiers. 8 p.m.: Fired three shots. At 10:15, landed at Decatur. (ORN)
1864/10/31Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/01Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/01Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/02Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/02Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/03Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/03Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/04Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/04Confederate raiders captured small gunboats USS Key West, Tawah, and Elfin near Johnsonville on the Tennessee River. (NavHist)
1864/11/04Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/05Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/05Extract from log of USS General Thomas: At 2 p.m. came to anchor off Whitesburg. Flag of truce on the south side of the river communicating with our forces. 3 p.m., fired four shots at some rebel cavalry passing through the woods during the communication of the flag of truce. (ORN)
1864/11/05Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/06Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/06Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/07Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/07Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/08Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/08Abraham Lincoln is reelected for a second term as President in an overwhelming victory over George McClellan (Lincoln)
1864/11/08Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/09Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/09Acting Master Morton, transmits the complaint of Colonel Lowe, C. S. Army, of violation of flag of truce, November 5, 1864, to Lieutenant Forrest: 'Enclosed letter from Colonel Lowe, CSA, just reached me. The facts in the case are as follows: I was not at anchor, but attempting to cross the river. As I came in sight opposite Whitesburg Landing, we saw a cavalry column in a corn field in rear of landing. I trained guns on them. At this time saw the flag of truce; sent a boat with an officer to ascertain what was wanted. He found six or seven men on the bank, armed (or some of them were), who answered they wanted nothing of the gunboats. He then asked what cavalry those were in the rear, which they denied having seen. I fired three shots at the cavalry, not at the flag, nor have I ever fired on houses of citizens' dwellings, but ever endeavored to treat all with kindness when not in arms against us. I respect a flag of truce, and ever shall conduct my vessel in such humane manner as to defy the accusations of our enemies that we were dishonorable. I regret what has occurred and hope above explanation will be satisfactory.' A. C. Orcutt, Acting Masters Mate certifies: I was sent on shore November 5, 1864, to ascertain the purpose of a flag of truce at Whitesburg Landing, and the above statement of Captain Morton is correct. I saw the cavalry before I went in the boat; was officer of the deck. Orders from Captain Morton were to fire on the cavalry. (ORN)
1864/11/09Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/10Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/10Acting Rear Admiral Lee, to Lieutenant Forrest: 'My thanks are due to yourself and the officers and men of the General Thomas for the efficient cooperation rendered by that vessel at Decatur. (ORN)
1864/11/10Acting Rear Admiral Lee, Commanding Mississippi Squadron, to Secretary Welles: 'I herewith enclose a copy of a communication dates 4th instant from Lieutenant Forrest, commanding eleventh district, reporting the repulse of the rebel General Hood near Decatur, Ala., in which affair it appears that the gunboat General Thomas took a prominent part, receiving the acknowledgments of General Thomas for her efficient services. (ORN)
1864/11/10Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/111st Vt. Cav. engaged at Middle Road, Va. (Battles)
1864/11/11Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/11Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/121st Vt. Cav. engaged at Middle and Back Road, Va. (Battles)
1864/11/12The 8th Regiment was In camp, Newtown, Va. through December 20. (Peck)
1864/11/12Major John W. Steele, U.S. Volunteers, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/11/12Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/12Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/13Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/13Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/14Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/14Acting Rear Admiral Lee, Commanding Mississippi Squadron, ordered Acting Volunteer Lieutenant James C. Gipson to report regarding injuries to USS Exchange in leaving White River. (ORN)
1864/11/15Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/15Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/16Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/16Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/17Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/17Rear Admiral Farragut, Bay, ordered Captain Emmons to relieve Captain J. B. Marchand as commander of the Third Division, West Gulf Blockading Squadron. (ORN)
1864/11/17Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/18Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/18Rear Admiral Farragut ordered USS Cayuga, Lieutenant Commander Henry Wilson, to proceed to Galveston and report for blockade duty to Captain Marchand; Cayuga was to carry Captain Emmons, scheduled to relieve Marchand, and a few marines for USS Lackawanna. (ORN)
1864/11/18Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/19Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/19Acting Master Holley, commanding USS New Berne, reported the arrival of his ship at New York, and provided documents detailing officers and passengers, enlisted men, prisoners and vessels communicated with and supplied. (ORN)
1864/11/19Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/20Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/20Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/21Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf. the 1st Brigade, at Kernstown, was 'reviewed by General Sheridan. It turned out in large numbers and in fine style, and the sight would have been exceedingly imposing one, had not a blustering rain set in which converted the field into a sea of mud and dampened all enthusiasm. Still it was an admirable performance, and it may be doubted if the steadiness of marching shown has ever been equaled by so large a number of troops upon our continent.' (Walker)
1864/11/21Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/21Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/22Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/22Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/23Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/23Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/24Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf. the 1st Brigade was 'still at Kernstown, remembered Thanksgiving day. 'The weather was beautiful, all drills and labor were suspended, barrels of turkeys and other good things had been forwarded from the north, which were faithfully distributed among the men; and Vt., where we hoped, yet somewhat doubtfully, to spend our next Thanksgiving, was the universal subject of conversation and field of fancy.' (Walker)
1864/11/24Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/24Commander A. G. Clary, US Gunboat Seminole, off Brazos Santiago, reported to Captain Emmons, Divisional Commander, off Galveston, Texas. (ORN)
1864/11/24Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/25George W. Mather, Fair Haven, writing to his daughter-in-law Nellie Mather, regarding to condition of her wounded husband, Warren D. Mather, a patient at Jarvis U. S. General Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, said Warren was "doing the best of any leg that has been taken off in this hospital." (Italo)
1864/11/25Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/25Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/26Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/26Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/27Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/27Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/28Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/28Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/29Major John Wheedon Steele, U.S. Volunteers, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/11/29Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/29Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/30Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/30Rear Admiral Farragut assigned Lieutenant Commander Lull to command the captured Confederate ram Tennessee, vice orders from the Navy Department assigning him to USS Constellation, which had not yet arrived at Pensacola. (ORN)
1864/11/30Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/01Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/01Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/02Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/02Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/03Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/03Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/03Capt. Alonzo B. Whitney, 26th USCI, of Brookfield, VT, was mortally wounded in the groin by friendly fire from the 56th NY INF at Gregory's Farm. He died two days later. (Kimball's scrapbook)
1864/12/04Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/04Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/05Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/05Brigadier General Hawes, CSA, to Captain Emmons, commanding US Naval Forces off Galveston, Texas: requests from noncombatants for transportation under a flag of truce. (ORN)
1864/12/05Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/06Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/06Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/07Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/07Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/08Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/08Lieutenant Commander Richard W. Meade, Jr., USS Chocura, to Captain Emmons, commanding Third Division West Gulf Blockading Fleet, Texas Coast; reports on a three week cruise of Velasco, Texas, including details on captured vessels. (ORN)
1864/12/08Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/09Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf. 'The Vt. Brigade was one of the last in the corps to return to Petersburg. On the 9th of December, in a driving snow-storm, it took the cars at Stevenson's depot, and thus, in the night and the tempest it finally left the Shenandoah Valley.' (Walker)
1864/12/09Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/09Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/10Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/10Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/11Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/11Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/12Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/12Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/13Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/13Rear Admiral Farragut arrived in New York City, for a period of rest after his arduous duty in the Gulf of Mexico and was acclaimed as a conquering hero. Ten days later he was promoted to the newly established rank of Vice Admiral. (NavHist)
1864/12/13Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/14Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/14Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/15Corporal Samuel J. Churchill, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/12/15Private Warren D. Mather died at Jarvis U. S. General Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, as the result of a gunshot wound received at the battle of Cedar Creek, October 19th. His father, George W. Mather, who had been attending him, took the body back to Vt. for burial. (Italo)
1864/12/15Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/15Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/16Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/16Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/17Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/17Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/18Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/18Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/19Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/19Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/19Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/201st Vt. Cav. engaged at Lacy's Spring, Va. (Battles)
1864/12/20Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/20Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/21Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/21Flag Officer W. W. Hunter destroyed the last of the Confederate Savannah Squadron to prevent its capture by the advancing forces of General W. T. Sherman. (NavHist)
1864/12/21Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/22Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/22Near Decatur, Alabama, USS General Thomas, Acting Master Morton, shelled Confederate troops, ' Who 'returned fire' with fury. (ORN)
1864/12/22Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/23Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/23A small remnant of veterans and recruits remaining after Company F, 1st Sharpshooters was disbanded were transferred to Co. E, 2nd Sharpshooters (Dyer)
1864/12/23Lieutenant Commander B. B. Taylor, USS Kanawha, to Captain Emmons, commanding Second Division West Gulf Blockading Squadron off Galveston, reports a collision with his ship and the US Army transport Exact the previous day. Abstract log of USS Kanawha indicated minimal damage and no casualties on either vessel. (ORN)
1864/12/23Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/24Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/24The schooner Sophronia, Acting Master J. A. French, was ordered to proceed to Key West and report to Acting Rear Admiral C. K. Stribling for duty in the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. (ORN)
1864/12/24Lieutenant Commander B. B. Taylor, USS Kanawha, to Captain Emmons, commanding Second Division West Gulf Blockading Squadron off Galveston, Texas, regarding the destruction of a sloop attempting to violate the blockade to the southward of Caney Creek. (ORN)
1864/12/24Rear Admiral David D. Porter, off New Inlet, N.C., ordered USS Pontoosuc, Lieutenant Commander Temple, to proceed 'to cruise off New Inlet, at the distance of about 10 miles to the southeast-ward of the inlet. (ORN)
1864/12/24USS Pontoosuc, Lieutenant Commander Temple, commanding USS Pontoosuc, reported on his operations in the attack upon the rebel works at the mouth of Cape Fear River from December 24 to 27 to Rear Admiral David D. Porter, commanding North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. (ORN)
1864/12/24Report of Commodore H. K. Thatcher, onboard US Steam Frigate Colorado off Wilmington, North Carolina, to Rear Admiral David D. Porter, commanding North Atlantic Squadron, on actions with the forts off Wilmington on the 24th and 25th, includes the following: 'It is difficult to make a distinction when all did their duty so faithfully. I should, however, be doing injustice to the executive officer, Lieutenant George Dewey, were I not to mention the invaluable assistance which he gave me in having all the departments of the ship in perfect order for battle, as well as for the valuable aid in the management of the ship during the action. (ORN)
1864/12/24A joint Army-Navy operation under Rear Admiral Porter and Major General B. F. Butler unsuccessfully attempted to take the Confederate stronghold of Fort Fisher, Wilmington, by amphibious assault. (NavHist)
1864/12/24Boatswain's Mate Robert M. Blair, U.S. Navy, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/12/24Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/25Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/25Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/26Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/26Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/27Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/27Near Decatur, Alabama, USS General Thomas, Acting Master Morton, cooperated with US troops. (ORN)
1864/12/27Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/28Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/28Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/29Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/29Captain Emmons, commanding Second Division West Gulf Blockading Squadron, gives a list of vessels captured by his command during the last month, and the disposition of the ships and prisoners captured. (ORN)
1864/12/29Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/30Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/30Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/12/31Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/12/31The muster roll of the USS Brooklyn included three Vermonters: H. H. Berry, a landsman, who enlisted September 2, 1864, in Boston, age 23, a machinist, blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; B. Carey, a landsman, who enlisted September 1, 1864, in Boston, age 22, a farmer, blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; Lewis Young, a landsman, enlisted September 3, 1864, in Boston, age 22, no occupation listed, hazel eyes, brown hair, dark complexion. All three had been processed into the navy on the receiving ship USS Ohio. (ORN)
1864/12/31Rear Admiral Porter, giving a list of vessels and their commanding officers that participate in the attacks on Fort Fisher, included 54 vessels, including USS Pontoosuc, Lieutenant Commander Temple. All these vessels, he said, 'having so well performed their part in reducing these formidable works to a condition where they could be easily taken possession of, they are entitled to all the credit that they have so well earned. (ORN)
1864/12/31Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

(See also 1864 New York Times articles)