It is hard to believe 1863 almost over. The Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States will continue though, until May, 1865. I thought it might be interesting to look back at the chronology for early November of 1863 and I was surprised to see what took place.
On November 2, 1863 President Lincoln was invited to make a few remarks at the dedication of the National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA. I suppose we all learned that brief speech in school, better known as the “Gettysburg Address”.
On November 4, Confederate General Braxton Bragg ordered James Longstreet to Knoxville, Tenn. General Longstreet was the last of the generals that complained to Jefferson Davis about General Bragg. Bragg seemed universally disliked!
November 6 was the Battle of Droop Mountain, West VA., where US General William Averill defeated Confederate General John Echols, and on November 7 two battles were fought in Virginia, the Battle of Rappahannock Station and the Battle of Kelly’s Ford. These two battles were the result of Federal General George Meade advancing on the Army of Northern Virginia.
Fort Sumter, South Carolina was once again attached by heavy shelling on November 7, and this would last until November 10. The siege of Charleston, SC began on November 8 when Confederate General Braxton Bragg appointed Major General John Breckinridge to command Harvey Hill’s corps.
On November 11, 1863 Union General Benjamin Butler returned to active duty, commanding the US Army forces of Virginia and North Carolina. All this was a pretty active start to the month of November, 1863, 150 years ago this month!