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

April 7.—Fort Sumter, in Charleston harbor, S. C., was this day attacked by a fleet of ironclad monitors and gunboats, under the command of Admiral Du Pont; but after a terrific bombardment of two hours’ duration, they withdrew from the contest discomfited.—(Doc. 158.)

—The United States gunboat Barataria was lost while making a reconnoissance in Amite River, La.—A successful expedition into Gloucester County, Va., to capture and destroy cattle and grain belonging to the rebels, was made by Colonel A. H. Grimshaw, of the Fourth Delaware infantry. He succeeded in destroying over ten thousand dollars’ worth of property that had been collected for the use of the rebels, and in capturing over three hundred cattle, sheep, etc.—Philadelphia Inquirer.

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