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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 Skirmish: Bristoe Station, VA August 18, 1863 Scout: Cape Girardeau, MO August 9 - 18, 1863 Expedition from: Cape Girardeau, MO August 17 - 26, 1863 Scout: Centreville, VA August 15 - 19, 1863 Campaign: Chickamauga, GA August 16 - September 22, 1863 Reconnaissance to: Covington, VA August 5 - 31, 1863 Skirmish: Crab Orchard, KY August 18, 1863 Reconnaissance to: Crow Creek, AL August 1863 Campaign: East Tennessee August 16 - October 19, 1863 Expedition to: Edenton, NC August 11 - 19, 1863 Operation: Fort Gregg, SC July 10 - September 7, 1863 Bombardment: Fort Sumpter, SC August 17 - December 31, 1863 Operation: Fort Wagner, SC July 10 - September 7, 1863 Expedition to: Grenada, MS August 10 - 23, 1863 Skirmish: Grenada, MS August 18, 1863 Raid: Hampshire County, WV August 5 - 31, 1863 Expedition to: Hernando, MS August 16 - 20, 1863 Expedition to: Little Rock, AR August 1 - September 14, 1863 Expedition from: Memphis, TN August 16 - 20, 1863 Expedition from: Memphis, TN August 12 - 23, 1863 Raid: Mississippi Central Railroad, MS August 18 - 22, 1863 Operation: Morris Island, SC July 10 - September 7, 1863 Operation: Navajo Indians, New Mexico Territory July 7 - August 19, 1863 Skirmish: Pasquotank, NC August 18, 1863 Skirmish: Payne's Plantation, MS August 18, 1863 Expedition from: Pilot Knob, MO August 17 - 26, 1863 Raid: Pocohontas County, WV August 5 - 31, 1863 Expedition to: Pocohontas, AR August 17 - 26, 1863 Scout: Poplar Bluff, MO August 9 - 18, 1863 Expedition from: Portsmouth, VA August 11 - 19, 1863 Skirmish: Pueblo Colorado, New Mexico Territory August 18, 1863 Expedition: Sioux Expedition, Dakota Territory June 16 - September 13, 1863 Expedition: Sioux Expedition, Dakota Territory August 13 - September 11, 1863 Expedition against: Snake Indians, Idaho Territory May 4 - October 26, 1863 Siege: Wagner Battery, SC July 18 - September 7, 1863 Skirmish: Wellington, MO August 1863 Raid: Winchester, VA August 5 - 31, 1863
Appointment: Henry Brevard Davidson, CSA, 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.)
U.S.S. Niphon, commanded by Acting Master Breck, chased steamer Hebe north of Fort Fisher, Wilmington. She was carrying a cargo of drugs, clothing, coffee, and provisions when she was run aground and abandoned. Because of a strong gale, Breck determined to destroy her rather than attempt to get her off. Three boat crews sent to the steamer for that purpose were captured by the Confederates when the boats were either stove in or swamped by the heavy seas. U.S.S. Shokokon, commanded by Lieutenant Cushing, assisted in the destruction of Hebe by commencing "a heavy fire, that soon riddled her." Rear Admiral Lee reported in summation: "She was as thoroughly burned as the water in her would allow."(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.)
C.S.S. Oconee, commanded by Lieutenant Oscar F. Johnston, foundered in heavy seas near St. Catherine's Sound, Georgia, after running the blockade out of Savannah the night before. She was carrying a cargo of cotton "on navy account," Secretary Mallory reported. All hands were saved, but 2 days later a boat containing 4 officers and 11 men was captured by U.S.S. Madgie, commanded by Acting Master Woodbury H. Polleys. Polleys noted that "it was probably her [Oconee's] intention to obtain plate iron on her return trip, in order to ironclad the new rams now building at Savannah."
The Battle of Fort Wagner, Morris Island, South Carolina. (SC007) (Operations Against the Defenses of Charleston [April-September 1863]).
U. S. President Abraham Lincoln test fires the new Spencer Repeating Carbine, in Washington, D. C.
(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.)