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

March 6.—The ship Star of Peace was captured and burned by the rebel privateer Florida, under the command of Captain J. N. Maffit.—General Hunter in command of the Department of the South, from his headquarters at Port Royal, S. C, issued an order drafting for garrison duty all the able-bodied negroes in his department, not otherwise employed in the service of the National government.—General Orders, No. 17.

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