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

March 1.—President Lincoln signed the bill creating a Lieutenant-General of the Army of the United States, and immediately after nominated Major-General Grant for that position.—The English steamer Scotia was captured while endeavoring to run the blockade of Wilmington, N. C.—Francisco Garde, while riding two miles from his residence, two miles south of the village of Kinderhook, Illinois, was waylaid and shot by a party of rebel sympathizers. — The British schooner Lauretta, with a cargo of salt, was captured by the National bark Roebuck, two miles from the entrance of Indian River, Florida.

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