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

January 7.—Madisonville, La., was entered and occupied by the National forces.—Twenty shells were thrown into the city of Charleston, S. C, from the National batteries under the command of General Gillmore.— Caleb B. Smith, Judge of the United States Court for the District of Indiana, and late Secretary of the Interior, died suddenly at Indianapolis.—The rebel schooner John Scott, while attempting to escape from the harbor of Mobile, Ala., was captured by the Union gunboat Kennebec.

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