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

December 11.—The United States gunboat Cairo was sunk in the Yazoo River, by a torpedo. The vessel sank in seven minutes after being struck. The crew were saved, but every thing else on board was lost—(Doc. 72.)

—Colonel Jones, of the rebel army, surrendered himself to a scouting-party of the Sixth Missouri cavalry, commanded by Colonel Cathcrwood, near Warrensburgh, Mo.—President Lincoln, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the United States, sent a message to that body, accompanying all the information in his possession, touching the Indian barbarities in the State of Minnesota.—An expedition, consisting of a strong Union force of all arms, under the command of Major-General Foster, left Newbern, N. C, this morning, for the purpose of destroying railway and other bridges in the interior of that State.— (Doc. 73.)

—Gen. Bragg, commanding the rebel troops at Murfreesboro, Tenn., addressed a letter to Gen. Rosecrans, commanding the Union forces at Nashville, informing him that as a number of citizens of Tennessee, charged only with political offences or proclivities, were arrested and imprisoned in the penitentiary at Nashville, he should enforce rigid and unyielding retaliation against the commissioned officers, who should fall into his hands, until this violation of good faith should be corrected.

—Governor Vance, of North-Carolina, issued a proclamation prohibiting, for the space of thirty days, the transportation from the State of articles of food and apparel.—Fredericksburgh, Va., was bombarded by the National forces under General Burnside.—(Doc. 68.)

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