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Expedition to: Antioch Church, TN May 26 - 29, 1863 Skirmish: Austin, MS May 28, 1863 Operation: Baltimore and Ohio Railroad April 21 - May 31, 1863 Expedition to: Bear River, Idaho Territory May 5 - 30, 1863 Expedition from: Bolivar, TN May 26 - 29, 1863 Skirmish: Bushy Creek, MO May 28, 1863 Expedition from: Camp Douglass, Utah Territory May 5 - 30, 1863 Expedition to: Camp Wesley, TN May 26 - 29, 1863 Scout: Cassville, AR May 21 - 30, 1863 Scout: Cassville, MO May 21 - 30, 1863 Raid: Clendennin's Raid, VA May 20 - 28, 1863 Expedition from: Corinth, MS May 26 - 31, 1863 Operation: Eastern Shore, VA August 20 - June 3, 1863 Scout: Fairfax Court House, VA May 27 - 29, 1863 Expedition to: Florence, AL May 26 - 31, 1863 Skirmish: Florence, AL May 28, 1863 Skirmish: Fort Gibson, Indian Territory May 28, 1863 Scout: Fort Heiman, KY May 26 - June 2, 1863 Operation: Gloucester Peninsula, VA August 20, 1862 - June 4, 1863 Expedition from: Haynes Bluff, MS May 26 - June 4, 1863 Skirmish: Hernando, MS May 28, 1863 Expedition to: Jasper County, AR May 21 - 30, 1863 Scout: Jasper County, MO May 21 - 30, 1863 Raid: Jones' Raid April 21 - May 31, 1863 Scout: Leesburg, VA May 27 - 29, 1863 Reconnaissance on: Manchester Pike, TN May 27 - 28, 1863 Expedition to: Mechanicsburg, MS May 26 - June 4, 1863 Expedition from: Memphis, TN May 28, 1863 Scout: Newton County, AR May 21 - 30, 1863 Scout: Newton County, MO May 21 - 30, 1863 Expedition to: Niblett's Bluff, LA May 26 - 29, 1863 Operation: Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad, VA May 15 - 28, 1863 Scout: Northwestern Arkansas May 21 - 30, 1863 Siege: Port Hudson, LA May 21 - July 8, 1863 Expedition against: Snake Indians, Idaho Territory May 4 - October 26, 1863 Scout: Snicker's Ferry, VA May 27 - 29, 1863 Expedition to: Soda Springs, Idaho Territory May 5 - 30, 1863 Expedition to: Somerville, TN May 26 - 29, 1863 Siege: Vicksburg, MS May 18 - July 4, 1863 Operation: Vicksburg, MS January 20 - July 4, 1863 Expedition to: Wesley Camp, TN May 26 - 29, 1863 Expedition up: Yazoo River, MS May 24 - 31, 1863
Appointment: Isham Warren Garrott, CSA, to Brigadier General Appointment: Edmund Kirby, USA, to Brigadier General Appointment: Major General George L. Hartsuff, USA, assumes command of the Federal 23rd Army Corps Department Expanded: The Confederate Department of North Carolina is extended to include Petersburg, Virginia, and the Appomattox River Death: Brigadier General Edmund Kirby, USA, dies in a Washington, D. C. hospital from his leg wound received while commanding a Federal artillery battery, near the Chancellor House, during the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia, on May 3, 1863.
(Source: Compendium of the War of the Rebellion Vol. I, p. 660-991. Frederick H. Dyer; The Chronological Tracking Of The American Civil War Per The Offical Records Of The War of the Rebellion pp. 1-336. Ronald A. Mosocco.)
Lieutenant Commander J. G. Walker ascended the Yazoo River with U.S.S. Baron De Kalb, Forest Rose, Linden, Signal, and Petrel to capture transports and to break up Confederate movements. Fifteen miles below Fort Pemberton, Walker found and burned four steamers which were sunk on a bar blocking the river. Fire was exchanged with Confederate sharp shooters as the Union gunboats returned downriver. A landing party destroyed a large sawmill, and at Yazoo City brought away a large quantity of bar, round, and flat iron from the navy yard." Walker next penetrated the Sunflower River for about 150 miles, destroying shipping and grain before returning to the mouth of the Yazoo River. Admiral Porter reported to Secretary Welles: "Steamers to the amount of $700,000 were destroyed by the late expedition--9 in all."(Source: Civil War Naval Chronology 1861-1865. pp. I:1-41; II:1-117; III:1-170; IV:1-152; V:1-134. 1971: Naval History Division, Navy Department.)
Rear Admiral Porter instructed his gunboat squadron that "it will be the duty of the commander of every vessel to fire on people working on the enemy's batteries, to have officers on shore examining the heights, and not to have it said that the enemy put up batteries in sight of them and they did nothing to prevent it." The heavy firepower of the Union vessels--massed, mobile artillery--seriously hindered Confederate defenses and was a decisive factor in battle.
U.S.S. Brooklyn, under Commodore H. H. Bell, captured sloop Kate at Point Isabel, Texas, with cargo of cotton.
The Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi. (MS011) (Grant's Operations Against Vicksburg [March-July 1863]).
The Battle of Port Hudson, Louisiana. (LA010) (Siege of Port Hudson [May-July 1863]).
The 54th Massachusetts Volunteers, the first Federal regiment composed of black soldiers, embark from Boston, Massachusetts, for Hilton Head, South Carolina, under the command of Colonel Robert Shaw, USA.
(Source: Civil War Sites Advisory Commission Report: Battle Summaries. National Park Service. In The Civil War Battlefield Guide, 2nd ed., 1998. Edited by Frances H. Kennedy; The Chronological Tracking Of The American Civil War Per The Offical Records Of The War of the Rebellion pp. 1-336. Ronald A. Mosocco.)