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p ao ]a T.e_&ala Thursday, september5,2013 ,,., -,-.,- vvwv8 Tri-aoun News www.tricoun Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Major Highlights for the WeekDuring the night, Battery Wag- Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1863 ner at Charleston, S.C., received Federal troops under Major and returned fire, as other guns General Ambrose Burnside blazed in the harbor area. entered Knoxville, Tenn., cut- Friday, Sept. 4, 1863 ring the fairly direct railroad link The Federal Army of the Cum- between Chattanooga and Vir- berland under Major General Wil- ginia, forcing the Confederates to liam Rosecrans completed its use a roundabout route from Vir- crossing of the Tennessee River ginia, down the Atlantic coast, to in the Bridgeport, Ala., area and Atlanta and back up to Tennessee. at Shellmound, Tenn. Confeder- Burnside's move was destined to ate General Braxton Bragg's Con- aid Major General William Rose- federate army in Chattanooga was cran's effort against Chattanooga threatened from the south and and Confederate General Braxton west, his situation growing more Bragg. serious by the hour. The citizens of Nevada rejected In New Orleans, Major Gen- a proposedstateconstitution, eral Ulysses Grant was severely A joint committee of the Ala- injured when his horse shied and bama legislature approved the use fell on him; there is some evidence of slaves in Confederate armies that Grant had been drinking dur- and the Alabama house adopted ing this visit, partly social and the resolution after slight modifi- partly to confer with Major Gen- cations, eral Nathaniel P. Banks. He was Thursday, Sept. 3, 1863 partially incapacitated for weeks. Soldiers and Indians fought Saturday, Sept. 5, 1863 in California's Hoopa Valley, and In Alabama, Federal forces near Whitestone Hill, Dakota Ter- of Major General William Rose- ritory For the rest of the year, there crans moved into the mountains were military operations in the of northwestern Georgia south of Humboldt Military District of Cal- Chattanooga, skirmishing at Leb- ifornia, anon and Rawlingsville, Ala., and ivlli4NE$OTA 1.861 CIVI L WAR 1865 at Alpine, Ga. In the East Tennessee Cam- paign, a skirmish occurred at Tazewell, Tenn., as Federals moved in on Cumberland Gap from Knoxville. Sunday, Sept. 6, 1863 CONFEDERATES ABANDON BATTERY WAGNER AND MORRIS ISLAND Siege guns and seven moni- tors and ironclads bombarded Battery Wagner on Charles- ton's Morris Island as the garri- son crouched, virtually unhurt, in the bombproofs. However, Con- federate General P.G.T. Beaure- gard, in overall command, real- ized that the earthwork's useful- ness was at an end, and that a Fed- eral infantry assault the next day would probably succeed. During the night, the Confederate garri- sons of Battery Wagner and Bat- tery Gregg, besieged since early July, were evacuated. Fort Sum- troop transports, only after diffi- tel now a mass of rubble and bro- culty. Itwas a humiliating Federal ken masonry; still held out, as did failure and a tremendous morale Charleston itself, booster to Western Confederates. Monday, Sept. 7, 1863 Major General Nathaniel P. Banks Federal troops moved in to was mortified at the failure of find Battery Wagner and Battery Major General William B. Frank- Gregg evacuated. Federal Admi- lin and his combined force. ral John A. Dahlgren demanded Confederate Attorney General the surrender of Fort Sumter and Thomas H. Watts resigned, having the monitors engaged Fort Moult- been elected governor of Alabama tie. The Weehawken ran aground in August. He was succeeded ad between Fort Sumter and Cum- interim byWadeKeyes. mings Point but was extricated. Where Minnesota Regiments Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1863 were the week of September 2-8, BATTLE OF SABINE PASS, TEXAS 1863 Four Federal gunboats and 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infan- transports moved into Sabine Pass try - On detached duty in New on the Texas-Louisiana border, York City until Sept. 16, 1863. intending to gain a foothold for a 2nd Minnesota Volunteer drive on Beaumont and Houston. Infantry - On the march through Ashore, some 40 Confederates, the Cumberland Mountains and under Lieutenant Dick Dowling, Tennessee River for the Chickam- manned a partly finished earth- auga Campaign. work with a few guns. A few other 3rd MinnesotaVolunteer Infan- troops and two ineffective cot- try- On the march to Little Rock, ton-clad gunboats, all that Major Ark., until Sept. 10, 1863. General John Bankhead Magruder 4th Minnesota Volunteer Infan- could afford, comprised the rest of try - On garrison duty at Vicks- the extremely weak defense force, burg, Miss., until Sept. 12, 1863. The Union gunboats opened up 5thMinnesotaVolunteerInfan- on the fort and Dowling replied, try- On duty at Bear Creek, Miss., Both lead gunboats were struck, until October 14, 1863. grounded, and forced to surrender with considerable loss. The other Civil War/To page 15 two withdrew, along with the Show Your Patriotic * Variety of 3x5 Rags * Telescoping Poles * Contac'a ' Strand 612-135-0211 Smith 320-398-8025 Bob LH Dahlquist KINGSTON PROUDTO BE NAMED AN AMERICAN STAR CERTIFIED AGENCY Thomas Ehlinger Agency, Inc. 39A Maus Drive #3 Kimball, MN 55353 Bus: (320) 398-3645 AMERICAN FAMILY . , All y~ur pro~ect~n und~ one rool Am~ric~ Famiiy ir~suia~se Cor~panv, N!]edcai~ Famiiy L~fe Insur~nce Company, A!]l~i~ Far~]iy M~tiJai ir~s~rlCe Cornpa(ly, After]cap Stand~ !:~u ~r~c~, Co;rl~r~y ~i Ohio. 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