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What Happened in November
1861/11/03Jerome V. Prindle died seven weeks after he was discharged; he was interred Hollow Road cemetery, North Ferrisburgh (Service)
1861/11/04Secretary Welles informed Flag Officer William W. McKean, that the US Storeship Supply, Lieutenant Commander George M. Colvocoresses, was expected to sail from New York in the next few days, with stores for the Gulf Squadron. (ORN)
1861/11/051st Lt. William Wirt Henry resigned his commission; he was later commissioned Major, 10th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor, and breveted Brigadier General. (Medal of Honor)
1861/11/07Naval forces under Flag Officer S. F. Du Pont captured Port Royal Sound. U S S Tyler, Commander H. Walke, and USS Lexington, Commander R. Stembel, supported 3,000 Union troops under General Grant at the Battle of Belmont, Missouri, and engaged Confederate batteries along the Mississippi River. (NavHist)
1861/11/08Jesse Adams, of Cavendish, Wagoner, Co. F, 3rd Regiment, died of disease. (Adams)
1861/11/08USS San Jacinto, Captain C. Wilkes, stopped British mail steamer Trent in Old Bahama Channel and removed Confederate Commissioners James Mason and John Slidell. (NavHist)
1861/11/11Thaddeus Lowe made balloon observation of Confederate forces from Balloon-Boat G. W. Parke Curtis anchored in Potomac River. (NavHist)
1861/11/12Stephen Thomas, native of West Fairlee, a democratic member of the Vt. Legislature, was commissioned Colonel of the 8th Regiment, which he immediately proceeded to recruit. (Peck)
1861/11/12Fingal (later CSS Atlanta), purchased in England, entered Savannah laden with military supplies -- the first ship to run the blockade solely on Confederate government account. (NavHist)
1861/11/13Calvin Morse, Jr., Co. F, 1st USSS, was promoted Chief Bugler; he was later discharged for disability (West Fairlee Cemeteries)
1861/11/16Secretary Welles informed Flag Officer Samuel F. Du Pont that 'the propeller Flambeau, Lieutenant commanding William G. Temple, has been sent to the Bahamas and Nassau to endeavor to interdict the rebel vessels which start from those points for the United States coasts. (ORN)
1861/11/191st Vt. Cav., recruited by Lemuel B. Platt; mustered in at Burlington (Dyer)
1862/11/02Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slocum, D.C. (more)
1862/11/03Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from camp near Fort Lincoln, D.C. (more)
1862/11/03CSS Cotton and shore batteries engaged Union squadron at Berwick Bay, Louisiana. The squadron suffered considerable damage before the gallant Confederate gunboat expended all its ammunition and was compelled to withdraw. (NavHist)
1862/11/04Pvt Sylvanus S. Barnard, Co. G, 7th VVI, died of disease; he is buried in Chalmette National Cemetery (cenotaph at Summer Hill, Springfield, VT) (Cemetery database)
1862/11/0515th Regiment marched from Munson's Hill to Hunting Creek. (Dyer)
1862/11/0516th Regiment marched to Hunting Creek November 5. (Dyer)
1862/11/0516th Regiment was at Camp Vt., near Hunting Creek, until December 12. (Dyer)
1862/11/05Robert M. Blair, Peacham, joins the Navy at Portland, Maine (profile)
1862/11/06Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Camp near Fort Lincoln, D.C. (more)
1862/11/06Lieutenant George M. Blodgett, late commander USS Conestoga, died of disease at Cairo, Illinois. (ORN)
1862/11/07Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Camp near Fort Lincoln, D.C. (more)
1862/11/08Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Camp near Fort Lincoln, D.C. (more)
1862/11/08George Benedict, 12th Regiment: 'Nearly half the regiment is off on "fatigue duty" to-day. This, it seems, is the military term for the process which is said to be McClellan's forte. In common English it is called digging.' (Army Life)
1862/11/13Pvt Sylvester F. Briggs, Co. A, 4th VVI, died of disease; originally buried in Hagerstown, MD; reinterred at Antietam National Cemetery, MD (Cemetery database)
1862/11/14Pvt Henry Morfit, Co. K, 7th VVI, died of disease; interment in Chalmette National Cemetery (Cemetery database)
1862/11/15Letter from Maj.-Gen. Butler to Governor Holbrook, detailing his actions regarding a court of inquiry into the regiment's actions at the Battle of Baton Rouge. (Benedict)
1862/11/15Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/11/16Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/11/17Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/11/18Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/11/19Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/11/20GENERAL ORDERS, No. 98. HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF, New Orleans, November 20, 1862. Restores the colors to the regiment. Signed by George C. STRONG, Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff. (Benedict)
1862/11/20Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/11/21Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/11/22Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/11/2614th Regiment was on picket duty near Occoquan Creek November 26-December 5. (Dyer)
1862/11/29Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/11/30Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/11/02Naval forces convoyed and supported Army troops at Brazos Santiago, Texas, where the Union secured a valuable position on the Mexican border. As a result of this operation, Brownsville, Texas, was also evacuated. (NavHist)
1863/11/05Corporal Lucius O. Wilkins, Co. B, 7th VVI, died of yellow fever cwa-rutland
1863/11/05An armed boat, in charge of Acting Masters Master H. B. Colby, from US Schooner Beauregard, overtook and captured the British schooner Volante, with a cargo of salt, dry goods, etc. The vessel was sent to Key West for adjudication. (ORN)
1863/11/07Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Brattleboro (more)
1863/11/072nd Regiment was engaged or present at Rappahannock Station, Va. (Battles)
1863/11/073rd Regiment was engaged or present at Rappahannock Station, Va. (Battles)
1863/11/075th Regiment was engaged or present at Rappahannock Station, Va. (Battles)
1863/11/15Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, writes from Brattleboro. (more)
1863/11/17Lieutenant Rollin M. Green, 7th VVI, died of yellow fever cwa-rutland
1863/11/19Lurana, wife of H. P. Nichols, died Nov 19 1863, age 51 years and 9 months.

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

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

1863/11/19President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address. (Lincoln)
1863/11/20Major General James B. McPherson requests USS Carondelet, Acting Master James C. Gipson, conduct an examination of the river at Perkins' plantation for evidence of crossing of Confederate cavalry, and if found, 'put an effective stop to any crossing. (ORN)
1863/11/20Lieutenant Command James A. Greer, USS Benton, corresponding with Acting Master James C. Gipson, commanding USS Carondelet, discusses the crossing of Confederate troops between Grand Gulf and Rodney, Miss. (ORN)
1863/11/23Acting Master James C. Gipson, USS Carondelet, acknowledged orders from Rear Admiral Porter to take whatever actions necessary to protect the beached USS Indianola from destruction, indicating 'I send out a squad of men every day to examine everything about the place generally, and I do not think that any rebel can approach without my knowledge. (ORN)
1863/11/2710th Regiment was engaged or present at Orange Grove, Va. (Battles)
1863/11/281st Vt. Cav. engaged at Morton's Ford, Va. (Battles)
1863/11/30Commodore H. K. Thatcher, USS Colorado, reports the capture by the USS Kanawha of the schooner Albert, or Wenona, off Mobile Bar, indicates confiscated money ($5,573) and a large amount in railroad bonds, were left in the keeping of Acting Assistant Paymaster L. L. Penniman, of the Kanawha. (ORN)
1864/11/01Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/01Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/02Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/02Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/03Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/03Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/04Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/04Confederate raiders captured small gunboats USS Key West, Tawah, and Elfin near Johnsonville on the Tennessee River. (NavHist)
1864/11/04Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/05Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/05Extract from log of USS General Thomas: At 2 p.m. came to anchor off Whitesburg. Flag of truce on the south side of the river communicating with our forces. 3 p.m., fired four shots at some rebel cavalry passing through the woods during the communication of the flag of truce. (ORN)
1864/11/05Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/06Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/06Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/07Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/07Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/08Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/08Abraham Lincoln is reelected for a second term as President in an overwhelming victory over George McClellan (Lincoln)
1864/11/08Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/09Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/09Acting Master Morton, transmits the complaint of Colonel Lowe, C. S. Army, of violation of flag of truce, November 5, 1864, to Lieutenant Forrest: 'Enclosed letter from Colonel Lowe, CSA, just reached me. The facts in the case are as follows: I was not at anchor, but attempting to cross the river. As I came in sight opposite Whitesburg Landing, we saw a cavalry column in a corn field in rear of landing. I trained guns on them. At this time saw the flag of truce; sent a boat with an officer to ascertain what was wanted. He found six or seven men on the bank, armed (or some of them were), who answered they wanted nothing of the gunboats. He then asked what cavalry those were in the rear, which they denied having seen. I fired three shots at the cavalry, not at the flag, nor have I ever fired on houses of citizens' dwellings, but ever endeavored to treat all with kindness when not in arms against us. I respect a flag of truce, and ever shall conduct my vessel in such humane manner as to defy the accusations of our enemies that we were dishonorable. I regret what has occurred and hope above explanation will be satisfactory.' A. C. Orcutt, Acting Masters Mate certifies: I was sent on shore November 5, 1864, to ascertain the purpose of a flag of truce at Whitesburg Landing, and the above statement of Captain Morton is correct. I saw the cavalry before I went in the boat; was officer of the deck. Orders from Captain Morton were to fire on the cavalry. (ORN)
1864/11/09Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/10Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/10Acting Rear Admiral Lee, to Lieutenant Forrest: 'My thanks are due to yourself and the officers and men of the General Thomas for the efficient cooperation rendered by that vessel at Decatur. (ORN)
1864/11/10Acting Rear Admiral Lee, Commanding Mississippi Squadron, to Secretary Welles: 'I herewith enclose a copy of a communication dates 4th instant from Lieutenant Forrest, commanding eleventh district, reporting the repulse of the rebel General Hood near Decatur, Ala., in which affair it appears that the gunboat General Thomas took a prominent part, receiving the acknowledgments of General Thomas for her efficient services. (ORN)
1864/11/10Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/111st Vt. Cav. engaged at Middle Road, Va. (Battles)
1864/11/11Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/11Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/121st Vt. Cav. engaged at Middle and Back Road, Va. (Battles)
1864/11/12The 8th Regiment was In camp, Newtown, Va. through December 20. (Peck)
1864/11/12Major John W. Steele, U.S. Volunteers, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/11/12Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/12Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/13Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/13Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/14Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/14Acting Rear Admiral Lee, Commanding Mississippi Squadron, ordered Acting Volunteer Lieutenant James C. Gipson to report regarding injuries to USS Exchange in leaving White River. (ORN)
1864/11/15Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/15Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/16Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/16Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/17Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/17Rear Admiral Farragut, Bay, ordered Captain Emmons to relieve Captain J. B. Marchand as commander of the Third Division, West Gulf Blockading Squadron. (ORN)
1864/11/17Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/18Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/18Rear Admiral Farragut ordered USS Cayuga, Lieutenant Commander Henry Wilson, to proceed to Galveston and report for blockade duty to Captain Marchand; Cayuga was to carry Captain Emmons, scheduled to relieve Marchand, and a few marines for USS Lackawanna. (ORN)
1864/11/18Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/19Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/19Acting Master Holley, commanding USS New Berne, reported the arrival of his ship at New York, and provided documents detailing officers and passengers, enlisted men, prisoners and vessels communicated with and supplied. (ORN)
1864/11/19Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/20Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/20Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/21Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf. the 1st Brigade, at Kernstown, was 'reviewed by General Sheridan. It turned out in large numbers and in fine style, and the sight would have been exceedingly imposing one, had not a blustering rain set in which converted the field into a sea of mud and dampened all enthusiasm. Still it was an admirable performance, and it may be doubted if the steadiness of marching shown has ever been equaled by so large a number of troops upon our continent.' (Walker)
1864/11/21Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/21Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/22Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/22Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/23Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/23Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/24Aldace Walker, 11th Vt. Inf. the 1st Brigade was 'still at Kernstown, remembered Thanksgiving day. 'The weather was beautiful, all drills and labor were suspended, barrels of turkeys and other good things had been forwarded from the north, which were faithfully distributed among the men; and Vt., where we hoped, yet somewhat doubtfully, to spend our next Thanksgiving, was the universal subject of conversation and field of fancy.' (Walker)
1864/11/24Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/24Commander A. G. Clary, US Gunboat Seminole, off Brazos Santiago, reported to Captain Emmons, Divisional Commander, off Galveston, Texas. (ORN)
1864/11/24Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/25George W. Mather, Fair Haven, writing to his daughter-in-law Nellie Mather, regarding to condition of her wounded husband, Warren D. Mather, a patient at Jarvis U. S. General Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, said Warren was "doing the best of any leg that has been taken off in this hospital." (Italo)
1864/11/25Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/25Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/26Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/26Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/27Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/27Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/28Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/28Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/29Major John Wheedon Steele, U.S. Volunteers, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/11/29Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/29Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/11/30Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/11/30Rear Admiral Farragut assigned Lieutenant Commander Lull to command the captured Confederate ram Tennessee, vice orders from the Navy Department assigning him to USS Constellation, which had not yet arrived at Pensacola. (ORN)
1864/11/30Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/11/03Secretary Welles ordered all naval vessels to resume rendering honors when entering British ports and to begin again exchanging official courtesies with English men of war. (NavHist)
1865/11/06CSS Shenandoah, Lieutenant Waddell, arrived at Liverpool, England, 123 days and 23,000 miles from the Aleutians. Waddell lowered the last official Confederate flag, and his ship was ultimately turned over to American authorities. (NavHist)
1865/11/07William H. Flint: Arrived Albany early this morning - went to Troy and took Troy and Boston train for Rutland and arrived Brandon Vt. 2:30 - took train for Leicester to my home after absence 4 years 3 months 10 days in service of U.S. Army. (Diary)
1865/11/10Major Henry Wirz, the superintendent of Andersonville prison, is hanged, becoming the only Civil War soldiers to be executed for war crimes.
1866/11/08Public Act No. 16 - "An Act in Relation to the Qualifications of Voters," passed by the General Assembly of the State of Vt. disenfranchised anyone who deserted from the military or naval service or entered the civil, military or naval service of the so-called confederate states. (Vermont Laws, 1866, p. 32)
1866/11/09The General Assembly of the State of Vt. appropriated the sum of $75 "to relieve--pending his application for pension--the immediate necessities of Charles W. Bickford, a Vt. soldier, who served in the first Vt. cavalry, company D, in the late civil war; and who is suffering from wounds received in such service." (Vermont Laws, 1866, No. 195, p. 286)
1866/11/16The General Assembly of the State of Vt. repealed Chapter one hundred and nine of the General Statutes, entitled "Of provisions relative to persons claimed as fugitive slaves, and to prevent kidnapping," it obviously no longer needed. (Vermont Laws, 1866, p. 67)
1866/11/17The General Assembly of the State of Vt. legalized "the vote of the town meeting of the town of Shoreham, held March 7, 1865, to pay one-half of the cost of furnishing four substitutes, which substitutes had been theretofore severally furnished by four enrolled men of said town." (Vermont Laws, 1866, No. 234, p. 313)
1866/11/20First National GAR Encampment, Indianapolis, IN, 20 November 1866 (Encampments)