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Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Aug. 5-11, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1863

Major General Frederick Steele assumed command of the Federal forces at Helena, Ark.

In Charleston Harbor, S.C., Confederates continued to strengthen their defenses at Fort Sumter and Battery Wagner, knowing that the Federals would soon renew the attack.

Near Dutch Gap, Va., an electric torpedo severely damaged the U.S.S. Commodore Barney.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 1863

The North observed a day of thanksgiving for recent victories, with church services and suspension of business.

Skirmishes took place at Cacapon Mountain and Moorefield, W.V., and Confederates captured a Federal wagon train near Fairfax Courthouse, Va.

Three Federal vessels were heavily bombarded by shore batteries while on a reconnaissance of the James River in Virginia. Meanwhile, cheering crowds watched the C.S.S. Alabama capture the U.S.S. Sea Bride near the shore of Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope.

Friday, Aug. 7, 1863

Fighting broke out at Burke’s Station, Va., and near New Madrid, Mo.

President Abraham Lincoln told New York Governor Horatio Seymour that he would not suspend the draft in New York.

 

Saturday, Aug. 8, 1863

Confederate General Robert E. Lee offered to resign as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. He wrote to Confederate President Jefferson Davis that he realized that there had been discontent as a result of the failure of the Gettysburg Campaign. He cited his health and general depression as influences upon his request. President Davis turned him down.

On Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, S. C., Federal forces continued to construct approaches to Battery Wagner, illuminating the island at night with calcium lights.

The U.S.S. Sagamore took four prizes off Indian River and Gilbert’s Bar, Fla.

Sunday, Aug. 9, 1863

President Abraham Lincoln wrote to Major General Ulysses Grant that he believed that Negro troops were “a resource which, if vigorously applied now, will soon close the contest.”

Skirmishing occurred at Brandy Station and Welford’s Ford, Va.; Sparta, Tenn.; and Garden Hollow, near Pineville, Mo.

Monday, Aug. 10, 1863

Federal troops under Major General Frederick Steele began the march from Helena, Ark., to the state capital at Little Rock. Skirmishing occurred at Dayton, Mo., and Bayou Tensas, La.

Major General Ulysses Grant’s huge army at Vicksburg, Miss., was slowly being broken up as the XIII Corps was reassigned to Carrollton, La.

Discontent over rations and lack of furloughs appeared to be the reason for a mutiny of several Confederate regiments at Galveston, Texas, though order was restored quickly.

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1863

Confederate guns at Battery Wagner, Fort Sumter and on James Island in Charleston Harbor, S.C., opened fire furiously on Federal trenches on Morris Island, halting the Federal working parties. Meanwhile, General P.G.T. Beauregard¸ in command of the Charleston area, ordered the defense lines on James Island shortened.

In Virginia, Confederates captured a Union wagon train near Annandale.

Where Minnesota Regiments were the week of Aug. 5-11, 1863

1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry – On duty at Kelly’s Ford, Va., until Aug. 15, 1863.

2nd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry – On duty at Winchester, Tenn., until Aug. 16, 1863.

3rd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry – On duty Helena, Ark., until Aug. 13, 1863.

4th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry – On garrison duty at Vicksburg, Miss., until Sept. 12, 1863.

5th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry – On duty at Bear Creek, Miss., until Oct. 14, 1863.

6th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry –Participated in Brigadier General Henry H. Sibley’s expedition in Dakota Territory until Sept. 12, 1863.

7th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry –Participated in Brigadier General Henry H. Sibley’s expedition in Dakota Territory until Sept. 12, 1863.

8th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry – On duty at Fort Ridgely, Minn., until June 5, 1864.

9th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry –Participated in Brigadier General Henry H. Sibley’s expedition in Dakota Territory until Sept. 12, 1863.

10th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry –Participated in Brigadier General Henry H. Sibley’s expedition in Dakota Territory until
Sept. 12, 1863.

1st Regiment Minnesota Cavalry “Mounted Rangers” – Participated in Brigadier General Henry H. Sibley’s expedition in Dakota Territory until Sept. 12, 1863.

Brackett’s Battalion of Minnesota Cavalry – Participated in the Occupation of Middle Tennessee until Sept. 6, 1863.

1st Minnesota Light Artillery Battery – On duty at Vicksburg, Miss., until April 4, 1864.

2nd Independent Battery, Minnesota Light Artillery – Participated in the Occupation of Middle Tennessee until Aug. 16, 1863.

3rd Battery, Minnesota Light Artillery - Participated in Brigadier General Henry H. Sibley’s expedition in Dakota Territory until Sept. 12, 1863.

2nd United States Sharpshooters, Company A – On duty in Virginia until Oct. 1863.