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

October 6.—General Blunt and his escort were attacked at Baxter’s Springs, near Fort Scott, Mo., and nearly all of them were massacred.— (Doc. 190.)

—General Mitchell, with a body of National troops, overtook the rebels below Shelbyville, Tenn., and attacked them with, great spirit, putting them to a complete rout. They did not stop for their wounded, and left over one hundred dead upon the field.—An attempt was made to blow up the United States iron-plated frigate Ironsides, in Charleston Harbor, by means of a torpedo. The instrument of destruction was suspended from the bow of a small cigar-shaped steamer, which was driven against the Ironsides at full speed. A tremendous explosion followed, which throw a large body of water on the deck of the Ironsides, but did no serious damage to the vessel. Lieutenant Glassett, the commander of the rebel steamer, was taken prisoner, having been thrown overboard by the force of the explosion. On board the Ironsides, Ensign Charles Howard was killed by a musket-shot fired by Glassett, as his steamer was approaching the frigate.

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