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

April 26.—The schooner Clarita, from Havana to Matamoras, Texas, was captured by the steamer De Soto. She proved to be the old revenue cutter John Y. Mason, taken by the rebels at the outbreak of the rebellion.—At Louisville, Ky., during the sale of a lot of negroes at the courthouse this morning, the Provost-Marshal notified the buyers that four of those put up for sale were free under the provisions of the President’s Proclamation. The sale, nevertheless, went on, when the matter of the four “contrabands” was turned over to the District Judge.—Louisville Journal.

The Seventy-sixth Ohio regiment, under the command of Colonel R. C. Woods, returned to Milliken’s Bend, La., from an expedition into Mississippi. They visited the regions bordering on Deer Creek, and destroyed three hundred and fifty thousand bushels of corn, and thirty cotton gins and grist-mills in use by the rebels.

—The town of Cape Girardeau, Mo., garrisoned by a force of National troops, under the command of General John McNeil, was this day attacked by a strong body of rebels, under General Marmaduke, but after a contest of several hours’ duration, the rebels were repulsed with heavy loss.— (Doc. 177.)

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