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

January 7.—The Richmond Examiner of this date, in discussing the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln, says, that it is the “most startling political crime, the most stupid political blunder, yet known in American history,” that “servile insurrection is the real, sole purpose of the Proclamation,” that it “shuts the door of retreat and repentance on the weak and timid,” and that the “Southern people have now only to choose between victory and death.”— Four hundred and fifty women and children left Washington, D. C, for Richmond, Va., and other parts of the South, under official permission.— A reconnoissance from Winchester to Woodstock, Va., was made this day by a party of the First New-York cavalry, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Von Schickfuss. — Philadelphia Inquirer.

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