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

January 4.—General Gregg’s cavalry division, under the command of Colonel Taylor, of the First Pennsylvania regiment, left the headquarters of the army of the Potomac, on the first instant, for the purpose of making a reconnoissance to Front Royal, taking on their horses three days’ rations and forage. Owing to the condition of the roads the artillery attached to the division could proceed no farther than Warrenton. The command returned to-day, having travelled ninety miles during the three days’ absence, and encountered severe deprivations in consequence of the intensely cold weather; but no enemy was discovered. Owing to the depth of the Shenandoah River, no attempt was made to cross it.

—A fight occurred near Fort Sumner, New Mexico, in which the Union troops belonging to General Carlton’s command, routed the Navijo Indians, killing forty and wounding twenty-five.

—Forty Sioux Indians surrendered themselves to the Union forces, at Pembina, Dacotah Territory.—Rear-admiral Farragut sailed from the navy-yard at Brooklyn, New-York, in the flagship Hartford to assume command of the East Gulf squadron.—Joint resolutions of thanks to General Robert E. Lee and the officers and soldiers under his command, by the rebel Congress.

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