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

February 14.— A squadron of the Fifth Michigan cavalry regiment was surprised at Annandale, Va., by a superior force of rebels, and were forced to retreat with a loss of fifteen killed and missing and several wounded.—The rebel steamer Era No. Five, laden with four thousand five hundred bushels of corn, was this day captured in the Red River, La., by the United States gunboat Queen of the West, under the command of Colonel Charles R. Ellet.

—The United States gunboat Queen of the West got aground near Gordon’s Landing, Red River, La., in full range of a powerful rebel battery which poured into her several volleys of shot and shell, cutting the steam-pipe, thereby necessitating her abandonment.—(Doc. 105.)

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