Vermont Civil War Timeline
1864
Date Event

January 1, 1864

'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.)

January 1, 1864

3rd Battery mustered into U. S. service. (Dyer)

January 1, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

January 3, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

January 5, 1864

Three 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)

January 5, 1864

17th Regiment, Company A, mustered in. (Dyer)

January 5, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

January 6, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

January 6, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

January 7, 1864

The 3rd Sharpshooter Company, having reenlisted and received furloughs, started for home. (Peck)

January 7, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

January 10, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

January 13, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

January 13, 1864

Secretary 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)

January 13, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

January 14, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

January 17, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

January 19, 1864

Pvt James Alfred McCoy, Co. M, 1st VVC, deserted (1st Cavalry)

January 20, 1864

Privates 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)

January 20, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

January 21, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Totten, Washington, D.C. (more)

January 25, 1864

7th Regiment at Jackson's Bridge, Fla. (Dyer)

January 27, 1864

In 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)

January 27, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

January 31, 1864

Acting 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)

January 31, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

February 2, 1864

7th Regiment at Point Washington, Fla. (Dyer)

February 2, 1864

First Lieutenant Erastus W. Jewett, Co. A, 9th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

February 2, 1864

First Lieutenant Josiah O. Livingston, 9th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

February 2, 1864

First Lieutenant Theodore S. Peck, Co. H, 9th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

February 2, 1864

Confederate boat expedition led by Commander J. T. Wood captured and destroyed USS Underwriter in the Neuse River, North Carolina. (NavHist)

February 3, 1864

The Ninth Vt. Regiment, which was at Newport, N.C., crossed the river and came into Beaufort by the New Berne road.' (ORN)

February 3, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

February 4, 1864

Acting 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)

February 4, 1864

Reporting 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)

February 6, 1864

Fleet 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)

February 7, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

February 10, 1864

A commission as colonel, 17th Regiment, was issued to Francis V. Randall, but he could not muster until the regiment mustered in 10 companies. (Peck)

February 11, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

February 13, 1864

Lieutenant Frank N. Finney, Co. D, 7th VVI, returned to the regiment with 110 recruits from Vt. (more)

February 14, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

February 15, 1864

Adjutant General Peter Washburn corresponded with the Provost Marshall in Washington, regarding Vt.'s quota of soldiers. (Correspondence)

February 15, 1864

Acting 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)

February 17, 1864

Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley sank Union blockader Housatonic off Charleston -- the first submarine to sink a ship in combat. (NavHist)

February 17, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

February 20, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

February 21, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

February 21, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

February 22, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

February 23, 1864

The 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)

February 24, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Totten, Washington, D.C. (more)

February 24, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

February 26, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

February 27, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

February 28, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

February 29, 1864

William N. Dunn, 1st Vt. Cav., was taken prisoner during Kilpatrick's Raid on Richmond. He died at Andersonville October 6. (Dunn)

March 1, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Mechanicsville, Va. (see battles)

March 1, 1864

17th Regiment, Companies B, C and D, mustered in. (Dyer)

March 2, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Piping Tree, Va. (see battles)

March 2, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

March 6, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

March 9, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

March 11, 1864

Acting 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)

March 11, 1864

USS 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)

March 12, 1864

Ships 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)

March 13, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Totten, Washington, D.C. (more)

March 13, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

March 16, 1864

Major 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)

March 16, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

March 18, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Totten, D.C. (more)

March 20, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

March 22, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

March 23, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

March 25, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

March 26, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

March 28, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

March 29, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

March 30, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slemmer, D.C. (more)

March 30, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

March 30, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

March 31, 1864

Gay, Stillman O. Gay, Pvt, Co. H, 2nd USSS, died of disease. (Sharpshooters)

April 2, 1864

7th Regiment at Nix's Clearing, Fla. (Dyer)

April 3, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

April 6, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

April 8, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slemmer, D.C. (more)

April 8, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

April 9, 1864

1st Battery at Pleasant Hill, LA (Dyer)

April 9, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

April 10, 1864

Lieutenant 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)

April 10, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

April 11, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

April 11, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

April 12, 1864

17th Regiment, Companies E, F and G, mustered in. (Dyer)

April 12, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

April 13, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

April 13, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

April 14, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slemmer, D.C. (more)

April 14, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

April 14, 1864

Abstract 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)

April 16, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

April 16, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

April 18, 1864

17th Regiment, Companies A through G, started for Alexandria, VA, arriving the 22nd. (Dyer)

April 18, 1864

Acting 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)

April 19, 1864

CSS 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)

April 20, 1864

Command 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)

April 22, 1864

The Coinage Act of 1864 mandates that the inscription "In God We Trust" be placed on all coins minted as United States currency.

April 23, 1864

1st Battery at Cane River, LA (Dyer)

April 25, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slemmer, D.C. (more)

April 25, 1864

Sloan US General Hospital opened in Montpelier. San Jacinto, Captain Theodore P. Greene, was ordered by Acting Rear Admiral Bailey, commanding East Gulf Blockading Squadron, at Key West, to proceed to latitude 21? 35' N. and longitude 89? 35' W., 'where you will anchor (in about 12 fathoms water) and lie with banked fires for the purpose of intercepting' several rebel sailing ships flying English colors, bound from Bremen for Sisal, on the Yucatan Peninsula. (ORN)

April 30, 1864

Only 77 of an aggregate of 941 men were on the sick list, the smallest proportion of sick men ever reported by the 2nd Regiment during the war. (Benedict)

April 30, 1864

1st Battery at Alexandria, LA, until May 10. (Dyer)

May 1, 1864

The stations of vessels composing the East Gulf Blockading Squadron included USS San Jacinto, Captain Greene, at Campeche Banks. (ORN)

May 1, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

May 3, 1864

Colonel Lewis A. Grant, 1st Brigade, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

May 5, 1864

Colonel Newton Stone, who had assumed command of the 2nd Regiment on 1 April, was killed in action at the Wilderness (Benedict)

May 5, 1864

1st Brigade (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Regiments) engaged or present at the Wilderness, VA through May 9 (see battles)

May 5, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Craig's Church, Va. (see battles)

May 5, 1864

First Sergeant Carlos H. Rich, Co. K, 9th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

May 5, 1864

USS 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)

May 5, 1864

USS 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)

May 5, 1864

Capt. 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)

May 5, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

May 6, 1864

USS 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)

May 6, 1864

Confederate torpedo destroyed USS Commodore Jones in the James River, Virginia, one of several losses the Union suffered from torpedoes during the year. (NavHist)

May 7, 1864

Henry Stiles, Co. A, 2nd VVT, was promoted SGT-Major of the regiment (2nd Vt. Infantry)

May 8, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slemmer, Washington, D. C. (more)

May 8, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. was engaged or present at Spotsylvania, Va. (see battles)

May 8, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

May 9, 1864

Lieutenant-Colonel John Coughlin, 10th NH INF, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

May 10, 1864

1st Brigade (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 11th Regiments) and 10th Regiment were engaged or present at Spotsylvania, VA through May 18. (see battles)

May 10, 1864

Colonel Thomas O. Seaver, 3rd VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

May 11, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Yellow Tavern, Va. (see battles)

May 11, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

May 12, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slemmer D.C. (more)

May 12, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Meadow Bridge, Va. (see battles)

May 12, 1864

Captain Dayton P. Clarke, Co. F, 2nd VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

May 12, 1864

Private William W. Noyes, Co. F, 2nd VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

May 12, 1864

2nd Lieutenant Augustus I. Robbins, Co. B, 2nd VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

May 13, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

May 13, 1864

The 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)

May 14, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

May 15, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

May 15, 1864

The stations of vessels of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron included USS San Jacinto, Captain Greene, at Campeche Banks. (ORN)

May 15, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

May 16, 1864

1st Battery at Mansura, LA (Dyer)

May 16, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

May 17, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

May 18, 1864

1st Battery at Bayou de Glaze, LA (Dyer)

May 18, 1864

1st Battery at Yellow Bayou, LA (Dyer)

May 19, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

May 20, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

May 21, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fredericksburg, after being wounded in the arm by a piece of shell. (more)

May 21, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

May 23, 1864

Secretary 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)

May 24, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

May 24, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

May 25, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C> (more)

May 25, 1864

17th Regiment was engaged or present at North Anna, Va. (see battles)

May 25, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

May 26, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

May 28, 1864

The 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)

May 29, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

May 31, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from his brother in Stratton (more)

May 31, 1864

10th Regiment was engaged or present at Tolopotomy, Va. (see battles)

May 31, 1864

17th Regiment was engaged or present at Tolopotomy, Va. (see battles)

May 31, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Hanover Court House, VA (see battles)

May 31, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

June 1, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C. (more)

June 1, 1864

1st Brigade (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 11th Regiments), 10th Vt. Regiment, engaged or present at Cold Harbor, VA through June 12. (see battles)

June 1, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Ashland, Va. (see battles)

June 1, 1864

The stations of vessels of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron included USS San Jacinto, Captain T. P. Greene, at Campeche Banks. (ORN)

June 1, 1864

USS 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)

June 3, 1864

17th Regiment was engaged or present at Bethesda Church, Va. (see battles)

June 3, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Hawe's Shop., Va. (see battles)

June 3, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

June 3, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

June 4, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C. (more)

June 4, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

June 4, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

June 5, 1864

Captain Alexander M. Beattie, Co. F, 3rd VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

June 6, 1864

'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)

June 7, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

June 7, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

June 8, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C. (more)

June 8, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

June 8, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

June 9, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

June 9, 1864

Six 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)

June 9, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

June 10, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Bottom Bridge, Va. (see battles)

June 10, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C. (more)

June 10, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

June 11, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C. (more)

June 11, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

June 12, 1864

'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)

June 12, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C. (more)

June 12, 1864

1st Lieutenant Edward B. Williston, 2nd U.S. Artillery, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

June 12, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

June 13, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at White Oak Swamp, Va. (see battles)

June 13, 1864

Acting 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)

June 14, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

June 15, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Washington, D.C. (more)

June 15, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Malvern Hill, VA (see battles)

June 15, 1864

Arlington National Cemetery is established on 200 acres of land set aside by U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton

June 15, 1864

The stations of vessels of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron included USS San Jacinto, Captain Greene, at Campeche Banks. (ORN)

June 15, 1864

At 3:30 p.m., USS Saratoga came to with the starboard anchor in Port Royal Harbor. (ORN)

June 15, 1864

Commodore 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)

June 15, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

June 16, 1864

USS 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)

June 17, 1864

17th Regiment was engaged or present at Petersburg, Va. (see battles)

June 18, 1864

1st Brigade, engaged or present at Petersburg, Va. (see battles)

June 18, 1864

Rear 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)

June 19, 1864

The 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)

June 19, 1864

USS 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)

June 19, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

June 21, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

June 22, 1864

10th Regiment was engaged or present at Weldon Railroad, Va. (see battles)

June 22, 1864

11th Regiment was engaged or present at Weldon Railroad, Va. (see battles)

June 22, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Ream's Station, Va. (see battles)

June 23, 1864

10th Regiment was engaged or present at Weldon Railroad, Va. (see battles)

June 23, 1864

11th Regiment was engaged or present at Weldon Railroad, Va. (see battles)

June 23, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Nottoway Court House, Va. (see battles)

June 23, 1864

Sergeant James Drury, Co. C, 4th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

June 23, 1864

At 1:30 p.m., USS Saratoga came to anchor, Sapelo light-house bearing W.N.W., distant about 6 miles. (ORN)

June 23, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

June 24, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C. (more)

June 24, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Keyesville, Va. (see battles)

June 24, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

June 25, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C. (more)

June 25, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Roanoke Station, Va. (see battles)

June 26, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

June 27, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

June 28, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C. (more)

June 28, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Stony Creek, Va. (see battles)

June 28, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

June 28, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

June 29, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Ream's Station, Va. (see battles)

June 29, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Stony Creek, Va. (see battles)

June 29, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

June 30, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Ridley's Shop, Va. (see battles)

June 30, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

July 1, 1864

The stations of vessels of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron included USS San Jacinto, Captain Greene, at Sand Key. (ORN)

July 2, 1864

The 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)

July 3, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

July 4, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

July 5, 1864

USS 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)

July 6, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

July 7, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

July 7, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

July 8, 1864

Future Rear Admiral, Franklin Cogswell Prindle is born in Sandgate. (Arlington)

July 9, 1864

1st Lieutenant George E. Davis, Co. D, 10th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

July 9, 1864

Corporal Alexander Scott, Company D, 10th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

July 9, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

July 10, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

July 11, 1864

11th Regiment was engaged or present at Fort Stevens, Va. (see battles)

July 11, 1864

3rd Regiment engaged at Fort Stevens, Washington, D.C. (see battles)

July 11, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

July 12, 1864

Captain 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)

July 13, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

July 15, 1864

1st Heavy Artillery Company engaged at Gonzales Station, FL (see battles)

July 15, 1864

7th Regiment In action at Gonzales Station, Fla. (see battles)

July 15, 1864

The stations of vessels of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron included USS San Jacinto, Captain Greene, cruising in the Gulf of Mexico. (ORN)

July 15, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

July 16, 1864

Captain 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)

July 17, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

July 18, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

July 18, 1864

Lieutenant Henry L. Johnson, USS Ironclad Passaic, at Port Royal, S.C., reported on the results of a survey of the prize sloop Julia. (ORN)

July 18, 1864

Captain 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)

July 19, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

July 19, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

July 20, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

July 20, 1864

Captain 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)

July 20, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

July 21, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

July 21, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

July 22, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

July 22, 1864

Lieutenant 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)

July 24, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

July 25, 1864

Acting 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)

July 26, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

July 26, 1864

Abstract 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)

July 26, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

July 27, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

July 27, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

July 28, 1864

1st Battery moved to Baton Rouge, where they stayed until ordered home on July 28. (Dyer)

July 28, 1864

Large 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)

July 28, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

July 29, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

July 30, 1864

17th Regiment was engaged or present at Petersburg Mine, Va. (see battles)

July 31, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

August 1, 1864

Colonel 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)

August 1, 1864

Landing 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)

August 1, 1864

The stations of vessels composing the East Gulf Blockading Squadron included USS San Jacinto, Captain Greene, coaling at Tampa Bay. (ORN)

August 1, 1864

Abstract 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)

August 1, 1864

The 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)

August 2, 1864

Henry Thompson Burdick, Sgt, Co. E, 11th VVI, was discharged to accept a commission as 1LT, 12th US Colored Artillery (11th Infantry)

August 2, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

August 3, 1864

Hiram Laraway, Company A, 5th Regiment, died at Andersonville of diarrhea. (see Alson Blake's deposition)

August 3, 1864

Abstract 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)

August 4, 1864

Abstract 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)

August 4, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

August 5, 1864

Rear 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)

August 6, 1864

Commander Colvocoresses' report on the expedition to the court-house of McIntosh County, Georgia, includes a descriptive list of all the prisoners taken. (ORN)

August 6, 1864

Captain 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)

August 6, 1864

CSS Tallahassee, Commander J. T. Wood, put to sea from Wilmington, launching a brief but highly successful cruise against Northern shipping. (NavHist)

August 6, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

August 6, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

August 7, 1864

Captain 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)

August 8, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

August 8, 1864

Captain 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)

August 9, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

August 9, 1864

Lieutenant 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)

August 9, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

August 10, 1864

1st Battery mustered out, having lost during service 3 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 51 Enlisted men by disease. Total 54. (Dyer)

August 10, 1864

Aldace 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)

August 10, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf. 'Moving south, encountered Early's army at Cedar Creek, just beyond Middletown.' (Walker)

August 10, 1864

1st Battery mustered out. Recruits were transferred to 2nd Battery (Dyer)

August 10, 1864

7th Regiment reenlisted veterans departed on furlough to Vt.. (Dyer)

August 11, 1864

Rear 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)

August 11, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

August 12, 1864

Benjamin 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)

August 13, 1864

Captain 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)

August 13, 1864

Abstract 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)

August 13, 1864

Acting 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)

August 14, 1864

Cornelius Smith, a substitute for D. W. Bidwell, of Starksboro, enlisted in the Navy and served three years (Navy)

August 14, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

August 15, 1864

The 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)

August 16, 1864

Captain 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)

August 16, 1864

A 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)

August 16, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

August 17, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Winchester, Va. (see battles)

August 18, 1864

Paymaster 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)

August 18, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

August 19, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

August 19, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

August 20, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

August 20, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

August 21, 1864

11th Regiment was engaged or present at Charlestown, Va. (see battles)

August 21, 1864

17th Regiment was engaged or present at Weldon Railroad, Va. (see battles)

August 21, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Charlestown, Va. (see battles)

August 21, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Summit Point, Va. (see battles)

August 21, 1864

2nd Regiment was engaged or present at Charlestown, Va. (see battles)

August 21, 1864

3rd Regiment was engaged or present at Charlestown, Va. (see battles)

August 21, 1864

5th Regiment was engaged or present at Charlestown, Va. (see battles)

August 22, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Charlestown, Va. (see battles)

August 22, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

August 22, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

August 23, 1864

A 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)

August 23, 1864

Fort Morgan, the last of the three forts at Mobile Bay to remain in Confederate hands, capitulated. (NavHist)

August 23, 1864

Abstract log of USS Saratoga: An expedition left the ship at 7:15 p.m. with 75 men. (ORN)

August 23, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

August 24, 1864

Rear 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)

August 24, 1864

Rear 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)

August 24, 1864

Major Carlos Dwinell, 6th VT Inf., of Glover, Vt., died in Baltimore, Md., of wounds received on the 21st at Charleston, WV. (Kimball's scrapbook)

August 25, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Kearneysville, Va. (see battles)

August 25, 1864

Abstract 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)

August 25, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

August 25, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

August 26, 1864

Abstract 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)

August 26, 1864

General 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)

August 27, 1864

Captain 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)

August 27, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

August 27, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

August 28, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

August 29, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

August 29, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

August 30, 1864

The 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)

August 30, 1864

Rear 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)

August 30, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

August 31, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from the Officers' Hospital, Annapolis, Md. (more)

August 31, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 1, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 1, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 1, 1864

The stations of vessels composing the East Gulf Blockading Squadron included USS San Jacinto, Captain Greene, gone north with Acting Rear Admiral T. Bailey. (ORN)

September 1, 1864

Rear 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)

September 1, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 2, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 3, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 3, 1864

Commander 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)

September 3, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 3, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

September 4, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 4, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 5, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 5, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 5, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

September 6, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 6, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 6, 1864

Secretary 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)

September 6, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 7, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 7, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 7, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 8, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 8, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 8, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 9, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 9, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 10, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 10, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 11, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 11, 1864

A 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)

September 11, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 11, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

September 12, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Baltimore, about his discharge (more)

September 12, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 12, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 13, 1864

11th Regiment was engaged or present at Gilbert's Ford, Va. (see battles)

September 13, 1864

2nd Regiment was engaged or present at Gilbert's Ford, Va. (see battles)

September 13, 1864

3rd Regiment was engaged or present at Gilbert's Ford, Va. (see battles)

September 13, 1864

5th Regiment was engaged or present at Gilbert's Ford, Va. (see battles)

September 13, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 13, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 14, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 14, 1864

Captain 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)

September 14, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 14, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

September 15, 1864

Private Warren D. Mather, Co. I, Sixth Vt., describes the incident at Gilbert's Ford two days previous, in a letter to his wife. (Italo)

September 15, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 15, 1864

Secretary 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)

September 15, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 16, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 16, 1864

Major 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)

September 16, 1864

Captain Greene, commanding East Gulf Blockading Squadron, reports the capture of steamer Matagorda, or Alice, by USS Magnolia, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant W. S. Cheesman. (ORN)

September 16, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 17, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 17, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 17, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

September 18, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 18, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 19, 1864

10th Regiment was engaged or present at Winchester, Va. (see battles)

September 19, 1864

11th Regiment was engaged or present at Winchester, Va. (see battles)

September 19, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Winchester, Va. (see battles)

September 19, 1864

2nd Regiment was engaged or present at Winchester, Va. (see battles)

September 19, 1864

3rd Regiment was engaged or present at Winchester, Va. (see battles)

September 19, 1864

4th Regiment was engaged or present at Winchester, Va. (see battles)

September 19, 1864

5th Regiment was engaged or present at Winchester, Va. (see battles)

September 19, 1864

6th Regiment was engaged or present at Winchester, Va. (see battles)

September 19, 1864

Sergeant Henry W. Downs, Co. I, 8th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

September 19, 1864

8th Regiment was engaged or present at Winchester, Va. (see battles)

September 19, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 19, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 20, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 20, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 21, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Front Royal, Va. (see battles)

September 21, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Mooney's Grade, Va. (see battles)

September 21, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 21, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 21, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

September 22, 1864

10th Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (see battles)

September 22, 1864

11th Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (see battles)

September 22, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Milford, Va. (see battles)

September 22, 1864

3rd Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (see battles)

September 22, 1864

4th Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (see battles)

September 22, 1864

5th Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (see battles)

September 22, 1864

6th Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (see battles)

September 22, 1864

8th Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (see battles)

September 22, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 22, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 23, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 23, 1864

Secretary 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)

September 23, 1864

Rear 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)

September 23, 1864

Abstract log of USS Saratoga: From 8 to meridian commander went on a reconnoisance up the Ashepoo River. At 7 p.m. commander returned. (ORN)

September 23, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 24, 1864

2nd Regiment was engaged or present at Mount Jackson, Va. (see battles)

September 24, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 24, 1864

Secretary 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)

September 24, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 25, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 25, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 25, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

September 26, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 26, 1864

Abstract log of USS Saratoga: At 9 a.m. Commander Colvocoresses left the ship and took passage in the USS Pettit. (ORN)

September 26, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 27, 1864

7th Regiment at Marianna, Fla. (Dyer)

September 27, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 27, 1864

Commander Colvocoresses reported to Rear Admiral Dahlgren regarding his reconnaissance up the Ashepoo River on the previous day. (ORN)

September 27, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 27, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

September 28, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 28, 1864

George P. Colvocoresses was appointed Acting Midshipman bios

September 28, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Waynesboro, Va. (see battles)

September 28, 1864

US 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)

September 28, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 29, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 29, 1864

9th Regiment was engaged or present at Chapin's Farm, Va. (see battles)

September 29, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 30, 1864

17th Regiment was engaged or present at Poplar Spring Church, Va. (see battles)

September 30, 1864

Private Franklin Johndro, Co. A, 118th NY INF, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

September 30, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

September 30, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

September 30, 1864

7th Regiment veterans on furlough departed Vt. for Louisiana. (Dyer)

October 1, 1864

To 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)

October 1, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 1, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 1, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

October 2, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 2, 1864

Captain 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)

October 2, 1864

Rear 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)

October 2, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 3, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 3, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 4, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 4, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 4, 1864

7th Regiment veterans sailed from New York, bound for New Orleans, LA. (Dyer)

October 5, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 5, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 5, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 6, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 6, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 6, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 6, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

October 7, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Columbia Furnace, Va. (see battles)

October 7, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 7, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 7, 1864

USS 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)

October 7, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 8, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 8, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 8, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

October 9, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Tom's Brook, Va. (see battles)

October 9, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 10, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 10, 1864

Third 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)

October 10, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 11, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 11, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 12, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 12, 1864

Rear 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)

October 12, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 12, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

October 13, 1864

'Lt. Edward B. Parker; [Company B,] died a prisoner at Columbia, S.C., Oct. 13, 1864, from injuries received from bloodhounds.' (Fox vii-60)

October 13, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 13, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 13, 1864

7th Regiment returning veterans arrived in New Orleans, where they would stay until February 1865. (Dyer)

October 14, 1864

The quota of Vt. under the President's call for three hundred thousand men for three years, was 3,336 men. (Crockett)

October 14, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 14, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 14, 1864

Acting Rear Admiral C. K. Stribling relieved Captain Greene as commander East Gulf Blockading Squadron. (ORN)

October 14, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 15, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 15, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 15, 1864

Secretary 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)

October 15, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 16, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 16, 1864

Brigadier 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)

October 16, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 16, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

October 17, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 17, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 18, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 18, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 19, 1864

10th Regiment was engaged or present at Cedar Creek, Va. (see battles)

October 19, 1864

1st Brigade, engaged or present at Cedar Creek, Va. (see battles)

October 19, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Cedar Creek, Va. (see battles)

October 19, 1864

Lieutenant Colonel Amasa A. Tracy, 2nd VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

October 19, 1864

8th Regiment was engaged or present at Cedar Creek, Va. (see battles)

October 19, 1864

Colonel Stephen Thomas, 8th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

October 19, 1864

Colonel William W. Henry, 10th Inf., was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

October 19, 1864

Corporal Frederick A. Lyon, 1st VVC, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

October 19, 1864

Private James Sweeney, Company A, 1st VVC, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

October 19, 1864

Sergeant Eri D. Woodbury, Co. E, 1st VVC, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

October 19, 1864

St. Albans raid: A group of Confederate agents, dressed in civilian clothes, robbed three banks. (Raid)

October 19, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 19, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 19, 1864

CSS Shenandoah, Lieutenant J. I. Waddell, commissioned off the Madeira Islands. (NavHist)

October 19, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 20, 1864

St. Albans raid: Montreal Gazette reacts to the raid (Raid)

October 20, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 20, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 20, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 20, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

October 21, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 21, 1864

Abstract 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)

October 21, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 22, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 22, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 23, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 23, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 23, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

October 24, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 24, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 25, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 25, 1864

Acting 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)

October 25, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 26, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 26, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 26, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 26, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

October 27, 1864

9th Regiment was engaged or present at Fair Oaks, Va. (see battles)

October 27, 1864

17th Regiment was engaged or present at Hatcher's Run , Va. (see battles)

October 27, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 27, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 27, 1864

Acting 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)

October 27, 1864

Torpedo 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)

October 27, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 28, 1864

17th Regiment was engaged or present at Hatcher's Run, Va. (see battles)

October 28, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 28, 1864

Secretary 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)

October 28, 1864

Major 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)

October 28, 1864

Acting 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)

October 28, 1864

Extract 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)

October 28, 1864

USS 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)

October 28, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 28, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

October 29, 1864

Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Brown University (more)

October 29, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 29, 1864

Rear 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)

October 29, 1864

Extract 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)

October 29, 1864

Brigadier-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)

October 29, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 29, 1864

Bvt M.G. Thomas E. G. Ransom, of Norwich, Vt., died in Rome, Ga., after an illness of several weeks. (obituary)

October 30, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 30, 1864

Extract 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)

October 30, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

October 31, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

October 31, 1864

Extract 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)

October 31, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 1, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 1, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 2, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 2, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 3, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 3, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 4, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 4, 1864

Confederate raiders captured small gunboats USS Key West, Tawah, and Elfin near Johnsonville on the Tennessee River. (NavHist)

November 4, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 5, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 5, 1864

Extract 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)

November 5, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 6, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 6, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 7, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 7, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 8, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 8, 1864

Abraham Lincoln is reelected for a second term as President in an overwhelming victory over George McClellan (Lincoln)

November 8, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 9, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 9, 1864

Acting 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)

November 9, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 10, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 10, 1864

Acting 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)

November 10, 1864

Acting 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)

November 10, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 11, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Middle Road, Va. (see battles)

November 11, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 11, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 11, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

November 12, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Middle and Back Road, Va. (see battles)

November 12, 1864

The 8th Regiment was In camp, Newtown, Va. through December 20. (Peck)

November 12, 1864

Major John W. Steele, U.S. Volunteers, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

November 12, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 12, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 13, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 13, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 14, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 14, 1864

Acting 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)

November 15, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 15, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 16, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 16, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 17, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 17, 1864

Rear Admiral Farragut, Bay, ordered Captain Emmons to relieve Captain J. B. Marchand as commander of the Third Division, West Gulf Blockading Squadron. (ORN)

November 17, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 18, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 18, 1864

Rear 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)

November 18, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 18, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

November 19, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 19, 1864

Acting 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)

November 19, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 20, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 20, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 20, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

November 21, 1864

Aldace 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)

November 21, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 21, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 22, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 22, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 22, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 22, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

November 23, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 23, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 23, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 24, 1864

Aldace 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)

November 24, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 24, 1864

Commander A. G. Clary, US Gunboat Seminole, off Brazos Santiago, reported to Captain Emmons, Divisional Commander, off Galveston, Texas. (ORN)

November 24, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 25, 1864

George 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)

November 25, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 25, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 26, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 26, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 27, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 27, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 27, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

November 28, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 28, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 29, 1864

Major John Wheedon Steele, U.S. Volunteers, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

November 29, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 29, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

November 30, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

November 30, 1864

Rear 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)

November 30, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 1, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 1, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 1, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

December 2, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 2, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 2, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 3, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 3, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 3, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 3, 1864

Capt. 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)

December 3, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

December 4, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 4, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 5, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 5, 1864

Brigadier General Hawes, CSA, to Captain Emmons, commanding US Naval Forces off Galveston, Texas: requests from noncombatants for transportation under a flag of truce. (ORN)

December 5, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 5, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

December 6, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 6, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 7, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 7, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 8, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 8, 1864

Lieutenant 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)

December 8, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 8, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

December 9, 1864

Aldace 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)

December 9, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 9, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 10, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 10, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 11, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 11, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 11, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

December 12, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 12, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 13, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 13, 1864

Rear 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)

December 13, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 14, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 14, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 15, 1864

Corporal Samuel J. Churchill, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

December 15, 1864

Private 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)

December 15, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 15, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 15, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

December 16, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 16, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 17, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 17, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 18, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 18, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 18, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

December 19, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 19, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 19, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 19, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 20, 1864

1st Vt. Cav. engaged at Lacy's Spring, Va. (see battles)

December 20, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 20, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 20, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 21, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 21, 1864

Flag 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)

December 21, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 21, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

December 22, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 22, 1864

Near Decatur, Alabama, USS General Thomas, Acting Master Morton, shelled Confederate troops, 'who 'returned fire' with fury.' (ORN)

December 22, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 23, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 23, 1864

Lieutenant 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)

December 23, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 24, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 24, 1864

The 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)

December 24, 1864

Lieutenant 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)

December 24, 1864

Rear 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)

December 24, 1864

USS 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)

December 24, 1864

Report 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)

December 24, 1864

A 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)

December 24, 1864

Boatswain's Mate Robert M. Blair, U.S. Navy, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)

December 24, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 25, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 25, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 25, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 25, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

December 26, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 26, 1864

William H. Flint, 2nd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 26, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 27, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 27, 1864

Near Decatur, Alabama, USS General Thomas, Acting Master Morton, cooperated with US troops.' (ORN)

December 27, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 28, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 28, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 28, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

December 29, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 29, 1864

Captain 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)

December 29, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 30, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 30, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

December 30, 1864

Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf., writes home (Correspondence)

December 31, 1864

Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)

December 31, 1864

The 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)

December 31, 1864

Rear 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)

December 31, 1864

Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

(See also 1864 New York Times articles)

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