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What Happened Today, 23 May
1861/05/23The first reconnoissance in force upon Virginia soil by the United States troops, was made by the 1st Regiment. Hiram Perkins to George Stannard: "I received an order from the Conl. to have all my men armed and ready to march at 3 o'clock..." William Flint: "When Rebs saw us coming they set fire to bridge. Col. Phelps rushed squad to bridge on double quick put out fire so we were able to cross." (Peck), (Diary)
1863/05/23Acting Paymaster George A. Sawyer participated in an expedition on the Apalachicola River on boats from the US Gunboat Port Royal, which resulted in the capture of the rebel sloop Fashion. Acting Master Edgar Van Slyck, who commanded the expedition, said 'I have the honor to state officers George A. Sawyer and William F. Raynolds rendered me all the assistance possible, both with advice and energy.' (ORN)
1863/05/23Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1864/05/23Secretary Welles ordered Commander Colvocoresses, commanding USS Saratoga, to proceed to Port Royal, South Carolina, and report to Rear Admiral Dahlgren for duty in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. (ORN)
1865/05/23Pvt George H. Tambling, Co. G, 4th VVI, died of disease. (Cemetery database)