Tuesday, December 8, 1863

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Army Events:

Raid: Averill's Raid December 8 - 25, 1863
Expedition from: Batesville, AR May 30 - February 3, 1864
Expedition to: Camden, Court House, NC December 5 - 24, 1863
Bombardment: Charleston, SC August 21 - December 31, 1863
Scouts: Columbia, KY December 5 - 10, 1863
Scouts: Columbus, KY December 5 - 10, 1863
Bombardment: Fort Sumpter, SC August 17 - December 31, 1863
Scout: Frederick County, WV December 7 - 11, 1863
Scout: Hampshire County, WV December 7 - 11, 1863
Scout: Hardy County, WV December 7 - 11, 1863
Expedition to: Howell County, MO November 23 - December 18, 1863
Affairs: Jackson, KY December 1 - 10, 1863
Demonstration: Kanawha Valley, WV December 8 - 25, 1863
Relief: Knoxville, TN November 23 - December 8, 1863
Campaign: Knoxville, TN November 4 - December 23, 1863
Reconnaissance from: Little Rock, AR December 5 - 13, 1863
Attack: Memphis and Charleston Railroad November 28 - December 10, 1863
Affairs: Mount Sterling, KY December 1 - 10, 1863
Expedition to: Murphy, NC December 6 - 11, 1863
Operation: Natchez, MS December 1 - 10, 1863
Operation: Navajo Indians, New Mexico Territory August 20 - December 16, 1863
Expedition from: Norfolk, VA December 5 - 24, 1863
Expedition to: Oregon County, MO November 23 - December 18, 1863
Skirmish: Princeton, AR December 8, 1863
Skirmish: Scottsville, KY December 8, 1863
Scout: Shenandoah County, VA December 7 - 11, 1863
Expedition to: South Mills, NC December 5 - 24, 1863
Expedition from: Springfield, MO November 23 - December 18, 1863
Expedition to: Virginia and Tennessee Railroad December 8 - 25, 1863
Expedition to: Wright County, MO November 25 - December 18, 1863

(Source: Compendium of the War of the Rebellion Vol. I, p. 660-991. Frederick H. Dyer.)


Naval Events:

Acting Master W. T. Gillespie, U.S.S. Braziliera, reported that blockade running British schooner Antoinette ran aground on Cumberland Island, Georgia, and was a total wreck. "I have saved her anchors, chains, and sails, which will be of service to me," he wrote Rear Admiral Dahlgren "nothing else, either of cargo or outfit, of any value, remaining."

The disabled merchant steamer Henry Von Phul was shelled by a Confederate shore battery near Morganza, Louisiana. U.S.S. Neosho, commanded by Acting Ensign Edwin F. Brooks, and U.S.S. Signal, commanded by Acting Ensign William P. Lee, steamed up to defend the ship and silenced the battery. Union merchantmen were largely free from such attacks when convoyed by a warship.

(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 Sumter, South Carolina. (SC008) (Operations Against the Defenses of Charleston [April-September 1863]).

President Lincoln proposes his "One-Tenth" reconstruction policy, which would restore seceded states to the Union when one-tenth of the 1860 voters form a "loyal" government.

(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; A Concise Encyclopedia of the Civil War, p. 203-221. Henry E. Simmons 1965.)




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