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

February 4.—Colonel George E. Waring, Jr., commanding the cavalry division in the brigade of General J. W. Davidson, made a descent on Batesville, Ark., driving the rebels under Marmaduke out of the town, killing and wounding many, and capturing some prisoners; among them, Colonel Adams. Captain Roses, of the Fourth Missouri cavalry, led the charge into the town most gallantly. Such of the rebels as could not crowd into the boats, swam the river. Colonel Waring remounted his men from the country. —General Davidson’s Despatch.

—Thanksgiving was celebrated in Texas, “for the successes that had attended the confederate arms.” — The ram Fulton, on the way to Vicksburgh, was fired into by a rebel battery at Cypress Bend, and disabled. One negro on board was killed, and another so frightened that he jumped overboard and was drowned. Before the rebels could capture the ram, the steamers Rattler and Wilson came up and dispersed them.

—The National troops had a brief skirmish with a small body of rebels, five miles from Lake Providence, in which they lost several men, and over thirty of the rebels were killed, wounded, and captured. More than ninety horses were taken.—The examination of Rev. R. J. Graves took place at Hillsboro, N. C, before Judge M. E. Manly, at the conclusion of which he was bound over to appear at the rebel court at Richmond, Va., to stand his trial on a charge of treason.—Raleigh Progress.

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