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What Happened in September

1861/09/03The 2nd Regiment moved across the [Chain] bridge into Virginia once more, and about a mile from the bridge went into camp (Camp Advance). Here the regiment, together with the Sixth Maine built Forts Marcy and Ethan Allen.' (Peck)
1861/09/03'Moved across the [Chain] bridge into Virginia once more, and about a mile from the bridge went into camp (Camp Advance). Here the regiments, together with the Sixth Maine built Forts Marcy and Ethan Allen.' (Peck)
1861/09/08On the morning of September 8 the brigade was drawn up in a hollow square, a shooting party was detailed and the prisoner [William Scott, Company K, Third Vt.] was brought out to be shot. At this point an order from General McClellan was read, pardoning the condemned man at the request of the President. (Crockett)
1861/09/112nd Regiment was engaged or present at skirmish near Lewinsville, Va. (Battles)
1861/09/113rd Regiment was engaged or present at Skirmish near Lewinsville, Va. (Battles)
1861/09/12Jesse Adams, Camp Tyson, Washington, D.C., wrote his brother, Joe: 'Our regiment and the 33rd NY. went out towards Fairfax yesterday and came very near getting into a scrape. They went out to survey and look the property over. They were not quite careful enough and the rebels got some cannon upon to a hill in the woods about 1 (Adams)
1861/09/13First Sharp Shooter Company 'rendezvoused at Randolph early in September, 1861, and on the 13th of that month were Mustered into the state service by Charles Dana.' (Ripley)
1861/09/13Secretary Welles, to Flag-Officer S. H. Stringham, commanding Atlantic Blockading Squadron, after explaining the necessity of reducing the complement of officers on certain classes of ships in order to man new gunboats, orders the detachment of Lieutenant Lull from USS Roanoke, to report to the Navy Department. (ORN)
1861/09/13Flag Officer Montgomery, reporting from the Bay of Panama, indicted his intention to have USS Cyane, Commander Bissell, relieve him at that port and proceed with USS Lancaster, to patrol the coasts of Mexico and California. (ORN)
1861/09/14The 5th Regiment was in camp a mile north of the village of St. Albans on land belonging to Henry Seymour, Esq. (Benedict)
1861/09/15Colonel Henry A. Smalley assumes command of the 5th Regiment (Peck)
1861/09/16Fifth Regiment Inf.: 'Mustered into the United States service for three years at St. Albans, Vt. ... and in a few days went to Washington.' (Peck)
1861/09/18"The Vt. Company of United States Sharpshooters: This Company numbers 112 men and is under command of Captain Edward Weston Jr. a graduate of the Norwich Military School, who was selected by Governor Fairbanks for this responsible post. The men composing this company are all picked rifle-shots, and are worthy representatives of the Green Mountain State. They leave the encampment his afternoon at 5 o'clock for Washington." (New York Times)
1861/09/21The Fourth Regiment, the first to be clothed in army blue, Mustered into service, left Brattleboro that evening and arrived at Washington forty-eight hours later (Crockett)
1861/09/25The 5th Regiment arrived in Washington in the evening (Benedict)
1861/09/25"Arrival and Departure of the Fifth Vt. Regiment" -- This regiment which has been encamped for some time past at St. Albans, Vt., broke camp on Saturday and started for the seat of war. The men did not land in this City, but proceeded direct to Jersey City where cars were taken for Washington. They are a fine, hardy-looking set of men and appear well calculated to sustain the honor of the Green Mountain State." (Date: 23 Sept., 1861). -- "The Fifth Regiment of Vt. arrived at Jersey City yesterday by the steamer Elm City, on its way to the seat of war. It numbers 1,070 men, inclusive of officers and is thoroughly armed and equipped. Colonel H. A. Smalley, the commandant of the regiment, was educated at West Point and was formerly an officer in the Second United States Artillery. (New York Times) (5th Infantry)
1862/09/01The 10th Regiment mustered into U. S. service. (Peck)
1862/09/0111th Regiment Mustered into U. S. service. (Dyer)
1862/09/02At a special town meeting, the town of Morristown 'voted to pay fifty dollars as a special bounty to each volunteer who served in the armies of the United States for nine months, one-half payable when he Mustered in and the rest when mustered out and 'extra pay of seven dollars per month if the present law did not secure the same or the state pay it.' (Mower 143)
1862/09/048th Regiment at Boutte Station and Bayou Des Allemands. LA (Dyer)
1862/09/04Private Lewis J. Ingalls, Co. K, 8th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1862/09/0610th Regiment departed Brattleboro for Washington. (Dyer)
1862/09/06Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Camp Bradley (more)
1862/09/06The 1st Brigade broke camp along the Potomac River and marched across Long Bridge, through Washington and Georgetown, to Tenallytown, three miles north of Georgetown, where the Sixth Corps halted that night. (Benedict)
1862/09/0810th Regiment arrived in Washington. (Dyer)
1862/09/0910th Regiment went into quarters at Camp Chase, near Arlington Heights (Dyer)
1862/09/09Captain Melancton Smith, USS Mississippi, , 'rescued from the right bank of the river on my return a lieutenant of the Eighth Vt. Regiment, who was worn out by the fatigue of traveling and nearly famished, and who had escaped capture by the rebel force that captured the Federal pickets stations at Bayou des Allemands. (ORN)
1862/09/10USS Hatteras, Commander Emmons, spoke the American Ship Charles Sprague, in ballast, from Vera Cruz, bound to New Orleans. The vessel had lost a mate and one man; yellow fever was suspected. (ORN)
1862/09/10Colonel Smalley's leave of absence from the regular army was revoked, and he resigned from the regiment, replaced by now Colonel Lewis A. Grant. (Benedict)
1862/09/11At the foot of Sugar Loaf Mountain, near Barnesville, Md., distinct proof of the presence of the enemy in the vicinity was afforded by a skirmish in front with a reconnoitring force of Confederate cavalry and infantry, which retired before the Union advance. The brigade was ordered into line but was not engaged. (Benedict)
1862/09/12Marched over the mountain and camped that night near the Baltimore & Ohio R.R. (Benedict)
1862/09/139th Regiment was engaged or present at Harper's Ferry, Va. (Battles)
1862/09/13The brigade moved to Adamstown, on the Baltimore & Ohio R.R., eight miles south of Frederick City. A copy of Special Order 191 was found by a piece of rare good fortune in the abandoned amp of General D. H. Hill, near that city, was placed in McClellan's hands. (Benedict)
1862/09/13USS Hatteras, Commander Emmons, boarded the Mexican schooner Jicaltipec, from Matamoras, bound to New Orleans. The vessel was in distress. He furnished them water and provisions, repaired their rudder and parted company the next day. Jicaltipec had six US soldiers who had escaped from prison in Texas. (ORN)
1862/09/141st Brigade engaged at Crampton's Gap, MD (Battles)
1862/09/149th Regiment was engaged or present at Harper's Ferry, Va. (Battles)
1862/09/14First Lieutenant George W. Hooker, Co. E, 6th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1862/09/159th Regiment captured at Harper's Ferry, VA (Battles)
1862/09/17Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from camp near Fort Lincoln, D.C. (more)
1862/09/17Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Camp near Fort Lincoln, D.C. (more)
1862/09/171st Brigade engaged at Antietam, MD (Battles)
1862/09/19Private Cassius Peck, Co. F, 1st USSS, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1862/09/21Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Camp near Fort Lincoln, D.C. (more)
1862/09/221st Vt. Cav. engaged at Ashby's Gap, Va. (Battles)
1862/09/22President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation (Lincoln)
1862/09/22President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in the midst of the Civil War, announcing on September 22, 1862, that if the rebels did not end the fighting and rejoin the Union by January 1, 1863, all slaves in the rebellious states would be free. (Lincoln)
1862/09/23The preliminary text of the Emancipation Proclamation is published as a result of the Union victory at Antietam. (LoC)
1862/09/25USS Kensington and Rachel Seaman and mortar schooner Henry James bombarded Sabine City, Texas, and forced Confederate troops to withdraw from the city. (NavHist)
1863/09/01The Eighth Regiment moved to Algiers and went by sea to the Sabine Pass expedition, which was not successful, the troops returning to Algiers on the 11th. (Peck)
1863/09/011st Battery present at the surrender of Port Hudson, then they were ordered to New Orleans (Dyer)
1863/09/031st Battery participated in the Sabin Pass, TX expedition until September 11. (Dyer)
1863/09/031st Battery moved to Brashear City, thence to Berwick City and to Fort Bisland between September 16 and 23. (Dyer)
1863/09/06Morris Island, Charleston harbor, was evacuated by Confederate forces after nearly 2 months of intensive bombardment from afloat and ashore. (NavHist)
1863/09/08CSS Uncle Ben and shore batteries turned back a Union expedition to take Sabine Pass, Texas. USS Clifton and Sachem were disabled and surrendered. (NavHist)
1863/09/131st Vt. Cav. engaged at Falling Waters, Va. (Battles)
1863/09/13Cyrus Guernsey Pringle, a Quaker, was drafted. (Pringle)
1863/09/14Assistant Surgeon Cornelius A. Chapin, died in New York of typhoid fever. (Benedict)
1863/09/141st Vt. Cav. engaged at Somerville Ford, Va. (Battles)
1863/09/15Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Brattleboro. (more)
1863/09/17Rear Admiral Dahlgren announced that Captain Emmons 'has been appointed fleet captain of the squadron under my command, and all orders emanating from him will be respected accordingly. (ORN)
1863/09/17Apparently, Captain Emmons' first act on the day he was appointed was to require all ironclad commanders provide 'a detailed report of the firing, hits, injuries, and casualties to the respective vessels under their command during the current month. (ORN)
1863/09/19Commander Edmund R. Colhoun, commanding US Ironclad Steamer Weehawken, indicates he has just received fleet Captain Emmons' order to 'furnish a detailed report … and will make it as soon as possible. (ORN)
1863/09/21Acting Master James C. Gipson, temporarily commanding USS Carondelet on the Red River, received instructions from Lieutenant Commander James A. Greer, USS Benton, Commanding 4th District, Mississippi Squadron, on actions to take during his temporary absence. (ORN)
1863/09/261st Vt. Cav. engaged at Raccoon Ford, Va. (Battles)
1863/09/281st Battery returned to Brashear City, LA, where they remained until March 3, 1864 (Dyer)
1863/09/28Fleet Paymaster Charles C. Upham, USS Minnesota, was ordered to proceed from Newport News, Va., to Beaufort, N.C., to purchase naval stores. (ORN)
1863/09/28Nathan Smith, 11th VVI, wrote to his nephew from Fort Totten, DC (more)
1864/09/01Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/01The stations of vessels composing the East Gulf Blockading Squadron included USS San Jacinto, Captain Greene, gone north with Acting Rear Admiral T. Bailey. (ORN)
1864/09/01Rear Admiral Dahlgren requested suggestions as to the feasibility of a plan of operations in the vicinity of the Edisto and Ashepoo rivers from Commander Colvocoresses. (ORN)
1864/09/01Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/02Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/03Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/03Commander R. Handy assumed temporary command of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron, as the officer next in rank, due to an attack of yellow fever suffered by Captain Greene, who was unable to attend to the business of the squadron. (ORN)
1864/09/03Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/04Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/04Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/05Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/05Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/06Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/06Secretary Welles ordered US bark Midnight, Acting Master J. C. Wells, in Philadelphia, to proceed to Key West and report to Captain Greene. Wells was to proceed to Tampa if yellow fever was still prevailing at Key West. (ORN)
1864/09/06Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/07Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/07Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/08Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/08Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/09Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/09Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/10Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/10Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/11Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/11A medical survey was ordered on Lieutenant Charles H. Humphrey, at Mound City, Ill., 'and if he is condemned it will leave us but one marine officer.' (ORN)
1864/09/11Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/12Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Baltimore, about his discharge (more)
1864/09/12Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/12Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/1311th Regiment was engaged or present at Gilbert's Ford, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/132nd Regiment was engaged or present at Gilbert's Ford, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/133rd Regiment was engaged or present at Gilbert's Ford, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/135th Regiment was engaged or present at Gilbert's Ford, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/13Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/13Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/14Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/14Captain Greene, reporting to Secretary Welles: 'I have so far recovered my health as to be able to resume command of this squadron, which I have done so this day.' (ORN)
1864/09/14Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/15Private Warren D. Mather, Co. I, Sixth Vt., describes the incident at Gilbert's Ford two days previous, in a letter to his wife. (Italo)
1864/09/15Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/15Secretary Welles, sent a congratulatory letters to Commander Colvocoresses, regarding his expeditions into Georgia, stating in part, 'The Department desires to return to you and those under your command its thanks for your zealous and good services to the country on the occasions referred to. (ORN)
1864/09/15Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/16Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/16Major General Milroy, at Tullahoma, Tenn., to Major B. H. Polk, Assistant Adjutant General: 'I received a dispatch from Colonel Krzyanowski this morning stating that Captain Morton, U. S. Navy, informed him this morning that Roddey left Guntersville, [Ala.], yesterday, and was marching in direction of Lebanon. (ORN)
1864/09/16Captain Greene, commanding East Gulf Blockading Squadron, reports the capture of steamer Matagorda, or Alice, by USS Magnolia, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant W. S. Cheesman. (ORN)
1864/09/16Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/17Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/17Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/18Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/18Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/19Mutiple Vermont regiments were engaged at Winchester, VA. (Battles)
1864/09/19Sergeant Henry W. Downs, Co. I, 8th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (MOH Page)
1864/09/19Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/19Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/20Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/20Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/211st Vt. Cav. engaged at Front Royal, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/211st Vt. Cav. engaged at Mooney's Grade, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/21Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/21Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/2210th Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/2211th Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/221st Vt. Cav. engaged at Milford, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/223rd Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/224th Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/225th Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/226th Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/228th Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/22Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/22Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/23Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/23Secretary Welles designated Commodore C. K. Stribling to command the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. Stribling was to relieve Captain Greene, presently in temporary command of the squadron. 'Captain Greene can be retained in the squadron in an appropriate capacity should you desire his services, or return home if it should be his wish to do so.' (ORN)
1864/09/23Rear Admiral Dahlgren bemoaned the detachment of Captain Colvocoresses as commander of USS Saratoga, and requested an efficient commander to Saratoga. He stated 'Though a sailing ship, without steam, yet the Saratoga has a crew which, by its numbers and drill, is well fitted for landing parties that few steamers here have, for, when the engineers (who can not be taken from the engines) are set aside, there are few steamers here that can spare boats sufficient in size or number to be of service in landing. The withdrawal of Captain Colvocoresses deranges several plans which I had in view, when the chance offered. (ORN)
1864/09/23Abstract log of USS Saratoga: From 8 to meridian commander went on a reconnoisance up the Ashepoo River. At 7 p.m. commander returned. (ORN)
1864/09/23Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/242nd Regiment was engaged or present at Mount Jackson, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/24Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/24Secretary Welles informed Captain Theodore P. Greene that he was authorized to retain USS Galena as part of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron, and not returned to Rear Admiral Farragut. (ORN)
1864/09/24Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/25Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/25Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/26Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/26Abstract log of USS Saratoga: At 9 a.m. Commander Colvocoresses left the ship and took passage in the USS Pettit. (ORN)
1864/09/26Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/277th Regiment at Marianna, Fla. (Dyer)
1864/09/27Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/27Commander Colvocoresses reported to Rear Admiral Dahlgren regarding his reconnaissance up the Ashepoo River on the previous day. (ORN)
1864/09/27Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/28Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/28George P. Colvocoresses was appointed Acting Midshipman bios
1864/09/281st Vt. Cav. engaged at Waynesboro, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/28US bark Roebuck, Acting Master William L. Martine, reported his arrival at Portsmouth, N.H., with yellow fever patients, in obedience to orders received from Captain Greene, commanding East Gulf Blockading Squadron. (ORN)
1864/09/28Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/29Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/299th Regiment was engaged or present at Chapin's Farm, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/29Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/3017th Regiment was engaged or present at Poplar Spring Church, Va. (Battles)
1864/09/30Private Franklin Johndro, Co. A, 118th NY INF, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1864/09/30Portus Baxter Smith, 11th Regiment, made an entry in his journal. (more)
1864/09/30Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1864/09/307th Regiment veterans on furlough departed Vt. for Louisiana. (Dyer)
1865/09/11Emperor Maximilian approved the 'Regulations and Instructions' prepared by Matthew Fontaine Maury to encourage emigration of Southerners to Mexico. The Emperor also appointed Maury director of the proposed National Observatory. (NavHist)
1865/09/15Landsman Henry S. Webster, U.S. Navy, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1865/09/28Joseph N. Calhoun, Pvt, Co. K, 10th VVI, was discharged, and went home to Newport, Vt. (10th Infantry)
1865/09/30Thomas H. Green, 45th USCI, was discharged. (African Americans)
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