Thursday, December 10, 1863

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Army Events:

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.)


Naval Events:

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.

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.

(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.)


Additional Information:

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.)




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