Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

July 1.—At New-York City a meeting was held this evening at the Cooper Institute, in response to a call addressed to “those who desired the Union as it was, and the Constitution as it is.” Speeches were made by Mr. Wickliffe of Kentucky, Wm. A. Duer, James Brooks, and Fernando Wood.

—The battle of Malvern Hill, Va., the last of the “seven days’ contests” during the retreat of General McClellan, was fought this day. The National troops were successful, repulsing the rebels at every point.—(Doc. 78 and Supplement.)

—A battle was fought at Booneville, Miss., by a body of Union troops under Colonel Sheridan, of the Second Michigan cavalry, and a force of the rebels consisting of parts of eight regiments, numbering in all about four thousand seven hundred men. After seven hours’ hard fighting, Colonel Sheridan succeeded in defeating the rebels with great loss. They left sixty-five dead on the field. The loss on the Union side was forty-one killed, wounded, and missing.

—President Lincoln, in reply to seventeen Governors of loyal States, who signed an address requesting him to call on the people of their respective States for more men for the Union army then in the field, informed them that he had decided “to call into the service an additional force of three hundred thousand men.”—(Doc. 143.)

— C. C. Fulton was this day unconditionally released from Fort McHenry.

— A skirmish occurred near Morning Sun, Tenn., between the guard of a Union wagon-train of Gen. Sherman’s command, and a body of rebel cavalry, resulting in the retreat of the rebels, with a loss of several killed and wounded.

—A fight took place between the Union ram fleet, under Commodore Porter, and the forts and land batteries at Vicksburgh, Miss. The fleet dismounted one gun in the water-battery, and another—”a big rifled piece” — in one of the forts. The rebels attempted to erect defences and drive off the fleet, but as often as they made the attempt they were driven off.—(Doc. 144.)

—Gen. Butler sent to President Lincoln, from New-Orleans, three swords, formerly belonging to the rebel General Twiggs, accompanied by a letter giving the history of their seizure, and suggestions as to their disposal.

— The President, in accordance with the act for the collection of direct taxes in the insurrectionary districts within the United States, issued a proclamation declaring in what States and parts of States insurrection existed.—(Doc. 90.)

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