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

January 3.— Captain William Gwin, of the United States gunboat Benton, died this evening of the wounds he received in the action near Vicksburg, Miss., on the twenty-seventh of December last.—A volunteer cavalry company, under the command of Captain J. Sewell Reid, arrived at New-York from California, on the way to Massachusetts, in order to join the Second cavalry of that State. They were raised in San Francisco, and represented nearly every loyal State in the Union.—Murfreesboro, Tenn., was evacuated by the rebels. — (Dec. 26.)

— Last night a portion of the command of General Washburne’s cavalry left camp at Helena, Ark., and in a terrific storm of wind and rain, proceeded to a point near La Grange, where, at daylight this morning, they dashed upon a camp of rebel cavalry, and succeeded in scattering them through the woods and destroying their camp, besides capturing ten men and two officers, and killing and wounding ten others.— General Gorman’s Despatch.

—Early this morning Moorefield, Va., was attacked by the strong rebel force under the command of General Jones, and after a contest with the garrison of several hours’ duration, they were beaten off and compelled to retreat, carrying with them, however, sixty-five prisoners with their arms, and six horses.— Wheeling Intelligencer.

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