Major Highlights for the Week
Wednesday, June 3, 1863
The first elements of General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, 75,000 soldiers strong, was on the move, having left Fredericksburg, Va., in a westerly direction. The decision to invade the North a second time was now underway. One of the first actions of what became known as the Gettysburg campaign occurred near Fayetteville, Va.
The Federal Ninth Army Corps from Kentucky was ordered to Vicksburg to augment Major General Ulysses Grant’s army.
Democrats led by New York Mayor Fernando Wood, met at New York’s Cooper Institute to urge peace.
Published in the Tri-County News May 30, 2002.
I was asked to go to the Elwin Petty home on Carnelian Lake Saturday afternoon to take the picture of the graduating class of 1924 at their reunion. I was given to read Selma’s copy of the excellent booklet composed of 20 mimeographed pages prepared for the event by Catherine Whannel Ray. She used notes from the record of Flora Brower Lee, who had preserved a very complete record of their high school years.
Major Highlights for the Week
Wednesday, May 27, 1863
FIRST ASSAULT ON PORT HUDSON
In the rolling, ravine-cut, heavy-timbered country near Port Hudson, La., Major General Nathaniel Bank’s Federal army, which numbered approximately 13,000, made its first assault on the estimated 4,500 Confederates under Major General Franklin Gardner within the beleaguered post. The Federals, including some Negro troops, got close to the Confederate parapets, but the disjointed movements failed along the entire lines. Federal casualties were 293 killed; 1,545 wounded and 157 missing for a loss of 1,995. Confederates killed and wounded together were around 235.
In the Vicksburg, area, Confederates attacked Union gunboats near Greenwood, Miss., and skirmished near Lake Providence, La.
Friday Evening May 24 & Monday May 27, 2013, Sponsored by Minnesota Civil War Commemorative Task Force
The Minnesota Civil War Commemorative Task Force will honor Minnesota soldiers killed at the Battle of Gettysburg during Memorial Day events this weekend. First Sergeant James Ackers, killed on July 2, 1863 during the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment’s charge at Gettysburg, will be commemorated in a ceremony at Oakwood Cemetery, 1865 140th Street in Hastings beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery at 1865 140th Street in Hastings; in a unique twilight ceremony for Sargent James Akers.
Memorial Day, May 27, 11:30 a.m. St. Michaels Cemetery, 700 5th Avenue N, Bayport, MN. Meet at “Soldiers Rest” at the north end of the Cemetery
Captain Louis Muller of Stillwater, Minn. gave his life defending the Union in the great Battle of Gettysburg. Louis Muller was a recent arrival from Switzerland to Stillwater, when the Union of States was dissolved. Louis was among the very first volunteers raised to defend the Union and restore the United States. As a common clerk, Muller enlisted with the Stillwater Guards which would become Company B of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. Louis Muller was commissioned Lieutenant of Company B. Later Lt. Muller would be promoted to Captain, commanding the volunteers of Company E, of the First Minnesota. It was his leading of Company E in the momentous charge of the First Minnesota Volunteers on July 2, 1863, in which Capt. Louis Muller gave his life.