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Raid: Averill's Raid December 8 - 25, 1863 Expedition from: Batesville, AR May 30 - February 3, 1864 Skirmish: Bean's Station, TN December 9 - 15, 1863 Action: Bean's Station, TN December 10, 1863 Expedition to: Camden, Court House, NC December 5 - 24, 1863 Bombardment: Charleston, SC August 21 - December 31, 1863 Scouts: Columbia, KY December 5 - 10, 1863 Scouts: Columbus, KY December 5 - 10, 1863 Scout: Dutch Creek, AR December 9 - 14, 1863 Bombardment: Fort Sumpter, SC August 17 - December 31, 1863 Scout: Frederick County, WV December 7 - 11, 1863 Action: Gatlinsburg, TN December 10, 1863 Scout: Hampshire County, WV December 7 - 11, 1863 Scout: Hardy County, WV December 7 - 11, 1863 Demonstration: Harper's Ferry, WV December 10 - 24, 1863 Skirmish: Hertford, NC December 10, 1863 Scout: Houston, MO December 9 - 19, 1863 Expedition to: Howell County, MO November 23 - December 18, 1863 Affairs: Jackson, KY December 1 - 10, 1863 Demonstration: Kanawha Valley, WV December 8 - 25, 1863 Campaign: Knoxville, TN November 4 - December 23, 1863 Reconnaissance from: Little Rock, AR December 5 - 13, 1863 Skirmish: Long Ford, TN December 10, 1863 Attack: Memphis and Charleston Railroad November 28 - December 10, 1863 Scout: Memphis, TN December 10, 1863 Skirmish: Morristown, TN December 10, 1863 Affairs: Mount Sterling, KY December 1 - 10, 1863 Expedition to: Murphy, NC December 6 - 11, 1863 Skirmish: Natchez, MS December 10, 1863 Operation: Natchez, MS December 1 - 10, 1863 Operation: Navajo Indians, New Mexico Territory August 20 - December 16, 1863 Expedition from: Norfolk, VA December 5 - 24, 1863 Expedition to: Oregon County, MO November 23 - December 18, 1863 Affair: Russellville, TN December 10, 1863 Scout: Shenandoah County, VA December 7 - 11, 1863 Expedition to: South Mills, NC December 5 - 24, 1863 Expedition from: Springfield, MO November 23 - December 18, 1863 Expedition to: Virginia and Tennessee Railroad December 8 - 25, 1863 Scout: Waldron, AR December 9 - 14, 1863 Expedition to: Wright County, MO November 25 - December 18, 1863
(Source: Compendium of the War of the Rebellion Vol. I, p. 660-991. Frederick H. Dyer.)
U.S.S. Bloomer, commanded by Acting Ensign Edwin Crissey, and her tender, Caroline, reported to Acting Master W. R. Browne, U.S.S. Restless, to participate in an attack on the extensive salt works at St. Andrew's Bay, Florida. Next day, Restless bombarded the town of St. Andrew's, which had been used as a supply station for the salt works and as quarters for some 275 Confederate troops. "Selecting the largest group of houses," Browne reported, "we succeeded in firing it, our third shell bursting in one of the houses at the southeast end. The wind being E.S.E. communicated the flames quickly to the others, consisting of 32 houses and shanties, which were speedily reduced to ashes. . . ." Meanwhile Bloomer and Caroline destroyed the salt works lining the shores of the Bay. Remarking on the size of the main works, which produced some 400 bushels of salt daily, Browne wrote: "It was in fact a complete village, covering a space of three-fourths of a square mile, employing many bands and 16 ox and mule teams constantly to haul salt to Eufaula Sound, and from thence conveyed to Montgomery, at which place it is selling at fabulous prices--$40 and $45 per bushel. At this place, [St. Andrew's Bay] were 27 buildings, and 22 large steam boilers, and 300 kettles averaging 200 gallons each, which cost the Government $5 per gallon, all of which were totally destroyed, besides 2,000 bushels of salt, and storehouses filled with corn meal, bacon, sirup, and other provisions, enough to supply these employed for three months. . . ." The Union expedition also destroyed an unnamed schooner with cargo of 100 bales of cotton up Bear Creek.(Source: Civil War Naval Chronology 1861-1865. pp. I:1-41; II:1-117; III:1-170; IV:1-152; V:1-134. 1971: Naval History Division, Navy Department.)
Confederate troops burned schooner Josephine Truxillo and barge Stephany on Bayou Lacomb, Louisiana. Next day they burned schooner Sarah Bladen and barge Helana on Bayou Bonfouca.
The Battle of Fort Sumter, South Carolina. (SC008) (Operations Against the Defenses of Charleston [April-September 1863]).
(Source: Civil War Sites Advisory Commission Report: Battle Summaries. National Park Service. In The Civil War Battlefield Guide, 2nd ed., 1998. Edited by Frances H. Kennedy.)