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

January 19.—This evening a party scouting for Colonel Williams, in command of the military post at Rossville, Ark., returned to camp, having captured in the Magazine Mountains, some fifteen miles east of the post, the county records of Vernon and Cedar Counties, Mo. The books and papers so captured and retained were worth one million dollars to those counties.— Colonel Clayton attacked and routed Shelby’s rebel force, twenty miles below Pine Bluff, Ark., on the Monticello Railroad. The fight lasted half an hour, when the enemy fled, pursued by Colonel Clayton, with his command, for two hours and a half. The rebels were driven seven miles. Shelby was badly beaten, and the rout was complete.

Shelby’s force was estimated at eight hundred. Colonel Clayton marched sixty miles in twenty-four hours, and made fight and gained a victory. —An unsuccessful attempt was made to burn the residence of Jefferson Davis, at Richmond, Va.— A sale of confiscated estates took place at Beaufort, S. C.

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