Major Highlights for the Week
Wednesday, March 25, 1863
More fighting occurred on Black Bayou as the Federal expedition on Steele’s Bayou continued to bog down. Two Federal rams attempted to run the Vicksburg, Miss., batteries from north to south. The U.S.S. Lancaster was struck about 30 times with most of the crew escaping. The U.S.S. Switzerland, badly disabled, floated out of the firing range.
Major General Ambrose Burnside, former commander of the Army of the Potomac, superseded Major General Horatio G. Wright in command of the Department of the Ohio.
Federal monitors were reported leaving Hilton Head, S.C. en route to Charleston Harbor.
Thursday, March 26, 1863
The voters of West Virginia approved gradual emancipation of slaves, while a Confederate congressional act authorized the impressment of forage or other property, including slaves, when necessary for the army in the field.
Friday, March 27, 1863
Skirmishing occurred at Palatka, Fla., and at Woodbury Pike, Tenn.
President Abraham Lincoln addressed representatives of a number of Indian tribes saying, “I can see no way in which your race is to become as numerous and prosperous as the white race except by living as they do, by the cultivation of the earth.”
Saturday, March 28, 1863
An engagement occurred at Pattersonville, La., between Confederate land forces and Union gunboats. The U.S.S. Diana was captured. A skirmish also occurred at Hurricane Bridge, W.Va.
Sunday, March 29, 1863
Major General Ulysses Grant ordered Major General John McClernand to march south from Milliken’s Bend to the west side of the Mississippi River to New Carthage, below Vicksburg, Miss. Major Generals William T. Sherman and James B. McPherson were to follow. At this time, Sherman’s men were digging another canal to the west of Vicksburg, known as the Duckport Canal. It was another failure.
Monday, March 30, 1863
It was a day of extensive skirmishing at Dutton’s Hill, Ky.; Zoar Church, Va.; Point Pleasant, W.Va.; Cross Hollow, Ark.; Tahlequah, Indian Territory; “The Island” in Vernon County, Mo., and at Rodman’s Point on the Pamlico River and near Deep Gully in North Carolina.
President Abraham Lincoln set aside April 30 as a national fast and prayer day.
Tuesday, March 31, 1863
Major General Ulysses Grant’s operations from Milliken’s Bend to New Carthage were well under way as he began another attempt to capture Vicksburg, Miss. Admiral David Farragut successfully took the U.S.S. Hartford, U.S.S. Switzerland, and U.S.S. Albatross past the Grand Gulf batteries, moving below them after engaging.
Where Minnesota Regiments were the week of March 25-31, 1863
1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry – In camp near Falmouth, Va., until April 1863.
2nd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry – On duty at Chapel Hill, Tenn., until June 4, 1863.
3rd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry – On duty at Fort Heiman, Ky., until June 2, 1863.
4th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry – Expedition to Yazoo Pass via Moon Lake, Yazoo Pass, Coldwater and Tallahatchie Rivers until
April 8, 1863.
5th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry – On duty at Duckport, La., until April 1, 1863.
6th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry – On garrison duty at Fort Snelling, Glencoe, Forest City and Kingston until April 1863.
7th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry – On garrison duty in Mankato and other points in Minnesota until June 1863.
8th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry – On frontier duty at various points in Minnesota: Anoka, Princeton, Monticello, Kingston, Manannah, Paynesville, Fort Ripley, Sauk Center, Pomme de Terre, Alexandria and Fort Abercrombie until May 1864.
9th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry – On garrison duty in various frontier Minnesota communities until June 1863.
10th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry – Regiment on detached service for garrison duty at various outposts in frontier Minnesota until June 1863.
1st Regiment Minnesota Cavalry “Mounted Rangers” – Organized at St. Cloud, St. Peter and Fort Snelling for frontier duty against Indians until June 1863.
Brackett’s Battalion of Minnesota Cavalry – On duty at Fort Donelson, Tenn., until June 5, 1863.
1st Minnesota Light Artillery Battery – On duty at Lake Providence, La., until April 22, 1863.
2nd Independent Battery, Minnesota Light Artillery – On duty at Murfreesboro Tenn., until June 4, 1863.
2nd United States Sharpshooters, Company A – In camp at Falmouth, Va., until April 27, 1863.