Tuesday, August 11, 1863

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Army Events:

Affair: Annandale, VA August 11, 1863
Raid: Averill's Raid August 5 - 31, 1863
Expedition from: Batesville, AR May 30 - February 3, 1864
Raid: Big Black River, MS August 10 - 23, 1863
Expedition: Camden, County, NC August 5 - 12, 1863
Scout: Cape Girardeau, MO August 9 - 18, 1863
Reconnaissance to: Covington, VA August 5 - 31, 1863
Reconnaissance to: Crow Creek, AL August 1863
Expedition to: Cuba, TN August 10 - 11, 1863
Expedition: Currutuck County, NC August 5 - 12, 1863
Expedition to: Edenton, NC August 11 - 19, 1863
Operation: Fort Gregg, SC July 10 - September 7, 1863
Operation: Fort Wagner, SC July 10 - September 7, 1863
Mutiny: Galveston, TX August 10 - 13, 1863
Campaign: Gettysburg, PA June 3 - August 11, 1863
Expedition to: Grenada, MS August 10 - 23, 1863
Raid: Hampshire County, WV August 5 - 31, 1863
Scout: Houston, MO August 6 - 11, 1863
Expedition from: Kempsville, VA August 5 - 12, 1863
Expedition to: Little Rock, AR August 1 - September 14, 1863
Scout: Memphis, TN August 10 - 11, 1863
Operation: Morris Island, SC July 10 - September 7, 1863
Operation: Navajo Indians, New Mexico Territory July 7 - August 19, 1863
Raid: Pocohontas County, WV August 5 - 31, 1863
Scout: Poplar Bluff, MO August 9 - 18, 1863
Expedition from: Portsmouth, VA August 11 - 19, 1863
Expedition: Sioux Expedition, Dakota Territory June 16 - September 13, 1863
Expedition against: Snake Indians, Idaho Territory May 4 - October 26, 1863
Scout: Spring River Mills, AR August 6 - 11, 1863
Siege: Wagner Battery, SC July 18 - September 7, 1863
Skirmish: Wellington, MO August 1863
Raid: Winchester, VA August 5 - 31, 1863



Appointment: Robert Alexander Cameron, USA, to Brigadier General
Appointment: Alexander Chambers, USA, to Brigadier General
Appointment: John Murray Corse, USA, to Brigadier General
Appointment: Manning Ferguson Force, USA, to Brigadier General
Appointment: Walter Quintin Gresham, USA, to Brigadier General
Appointment: John Aaron Rawlins, USA, to Brigadier General
Appointment: Thomas Kilby Smith, USA, to Brigadier General

(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.)


Naval Events:

Rear Admiral Dahlgren, seeking to clear the way for his ironclads through the heavy Confederate obstructions in Charleston harbor, suggested that "a vessel constructed of corrugated iron" and "fashioned like a boat, but closed perfectly on the top, so that it could be submerged very quickly" could be a means of delivering a large amount of powder directly upon the obstructions. Such a weapon, Dahlgren wrote Secretary Welles, "would dislocate any nice arrangements." Dahlgren later described to Welles the nature of the formidable harbor defenses at Charleston against which the Admiral pitted his ironclads. There was a "continuous line of works" extending from Fort Moultrie on the right to Fort Johnson on the left. Fort Ripley, supported by C.S.S. Chicora, Charleston, and Palmetto State, and Castle Pinckney were to the right beyond Moultrie. A line of piles had been driven into the harbor in front of Fort Ripley. Rope obstructions were stretched between Forts Sumter and Moultrie, and anchored torpedoes were placed in the harbor as well.

(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.)


Additional Information:

The Battle of Fort Wagner, Morris Island, South Carolina. (SC007) (Operations Against the Defenses of Charleston [April-September 1863]).

(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.)




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