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CfcraaaJetgienl Tuble of Ibc Principal
Krent f the Year.
JanMn y.
I. Mason and Shdcll leave Fort Warren for
tnelsnd in tbe Uritish steamer Hinaldo. Gen.
Stevens' brigade of 4. 500 men ailTances to the
mainland from Port Royal island to within six
miles of the Charleston railroad, capturing the
Coosa w batteries, union loss, eight wounded.
4. Gcner&l Milroy's command attack 750
rebels at Huntersville, Va., routing them and
talLinc ssu.UOO worth ol stores.
C. Four thousand loyal Indians are attacked
in Cherokee County. Kansas, bv a force ol
Texans and rebel Indians, and defeated.
7. A detachment Ircni General Milroy's
command, 300 strong, disperse 400 rebels in
Tucker county, Va., capturing a large quantity
of stores.
8. A detachment of General Kelly's troops
leave Romney, attack 2,000 rebels at ilue
Gay, Va., and rout them. 450 Union troops,
under General Palmer, attack 1,200 rebels,
under Poindexter, at Silver Creek, Mo., and
rout them.
. Burnside's expedition sails from Annapo
lis. 10. The rebels, under Jackson, occupy Rom
ney. General Grant's expedition of twenty,
three regiments and seven batteries depart
southwardly from Cairo. Humphrey Mar
shall's rabble pursued by Colonel Garfield, and
defeated near Prestonburg, Kentucky. Waldo
II. Johnson and Trusten Polk, expelled from
tbe United States Senate, for treason.
- 11. Naval engagement on the Mississippi
between the Union steamers Essex and St.
Louis, and four rebel steamers, in which tbe
latter are completely disabled, and seek pro
tection under their batteries at Columbus.
The Burnside expedition, comprising 125 ves
sels and 15,000 men, sails from Hampton roads
for North Carolina. Hon. Simon Cameron re
signed his position as Secretary ot War, and
was appointed Minister to Russia in place of
Cassius M. Clay, resigned. Hon. Edwin M.
Stanton appointed Secretary of War.
16. Celar Keys, Florida, captured by our
forces. Eight hundred Union troops defeated
at I ronton, Missouri, by six thousand rebels
under Jeff Thompson.
17. Burnside's expedition renches Hatteras
Inlet, encountering a severe storm, in which
eleven vessels are lost: Zouave, Pocahontas,
Grapeshot, Louisiana, Eastern Queen and City
of New York. Ex-President Tyler dies at
18. Rattle of Mill Spring, near Somerset,
Ky., between 3000 Union troops, under Gen
rals Schospf and Thomas, and 8000 rebels
under Zollicoffer.
20. Edwin M. Stanton enters on his duty as
Secretary of War. Generals Schoepf and
Thomas attack the rebels at Somerset, Ky.,
drive them from their intrenchmcnts and cap
ture all their stores.
27. Gustavus W. Smith assumed command
of the rebel army at Centreville. Beauregard
proceeds to Columbus to report to Gen. A.
Sidney Johnson. Rev. Bishop Ames and Hon.
Hamilton Fish appointed commissioners by
Secretary Stanton to visit and relieve United
States citizens imprisoned in rebel Stales.
28. Gen. Burnside's fleet depart from Hat
teras Inlet for Roanoke Island. Jesse D.
Bright expelled from the United States Senate,
charged with complicity witn tne reoel Gov
ernment. - 29. Tbe rebel Gen. Van Dorn assumes com
mand of the Trans-Mississippi Department.
81. All the saltpetre in the seceded States
seized by the rebel Governmen and lorty
Cents a pound allowed for it
3. Captured privateers taken from the jails
to military prisons, Government having decid-
ucucrai uiam, wiiu eigni tnousana
troops, lands within lour miles of Fort Henry.
The gunboats Essex and St. Louis open fire on
the rebel works. Riot occurs in Richmond ;
stores residences, &c, broken open, ani four
persons killed.
6. Commodore Footers flotilla captured Fort
Henr) unconditionally after a bombardment of
an hour and a quarter. Dill authorizing issue
of treasury notes to the amount of $150,000,
000 without interest, and making them a legal
tender, passed the House of Representatives.
8. General Burnside captures Roanoke Is
land, taking 6 forts, &.0G0 prisoners, 2,000
stand of arm, and destroying all the rebel
fleet but two vessels.
9. Elizabeth City and Edenton taken by
General Burnside. Brigadier General Chas.
P. Stone arrested, and sent to Fort Lafayette.
John C. Fitzpatrick, Financial clerk to Secre
tary Senate, died in this city.
10. General Hunter declares Kansas under
martial law. Our gunboats make a reconnois
sance to Florence, Alabama ; three rebel gun
boats captured, and six burnt.
12. Price evacuates Springfield Missouri.
13. Fort Donelson invested by Gen. Grant,
and the bombardment commenced. Spring
field, Missouri, occupied by General Curtis,
who captures stores, camp equipage, &c. Gen.
Lander surprises a rebel camp at Bloomery
14. Secretary Stanton issues an order re
leasing, on parole, all State prisoners, except
those detained as rebel spies.
15. General Curtis pursues Price beyond
Springfield, routs his rearguard.
16. Fort Donelson surrenders uncondition
ally to General Grant; 15,000 rebel prisoners
taken, including General Buckner.
17. The rebel Congress adjourns tine die.
The Secretary of State suspended the passport
1,8. General Curtis drives Sterling Price
from Missouri, across the Arkansas line. Meet
ing of the rebel Congress. Jefferson Davis
elected President and Alex. H. Stephens Vice
President of the rebel government.
21. Commodore Foot occupies Clarksville,
Tenn., the rebels retreating to Nashville. Des
perate battle at Fort Craig, New Mexico, be
tween Union forces, under Colonel Canby,
and. the Texans ; Union loss 200. Nathaniel
Gordon, captain of a slave ship hung in New
22. Jefferson Pavis and Alex. II. Stephens
inaugurated president and vice president 'of
the rebel confederacy.
24. Nashville occupied by General Buell.
25.. Price driven from Cross Hollow, Ark.,
leaving hie sick, wounded, and stores behind.
The President takes military control of the
telegraph lines. Bill in regard to the issue of
the Treasury notes and six per cent, bonds
signed by the President.
2(5. General Banks occupies Harper's Ferry
and Charlestown..
28. Death ol President Felton, of Harvard
li Richmond placed under martial law.
2. General Lander dies at Paw Paw,
General Curtis attacks Jeff. Thompson's
" se-
ciet expedition at Sykestown, and drives it
iiito the swamps, capturing six. pieces of artil
lery and forty prisoners. Columbus burnt
an 1 evacuated by the rebels.
3. Buckner and Tilghman placed in Fort
Warren. Columbus, Ky., occupied by Federal
4. Capture of, Eort Clinch, Fla. Fernandina
arid Amelia islands, and St. Marys, Fla., occu-
pied by Federal troops. Brigadier General
Andrew Johnson, appointed military Governor
of Tennessee.
o. iKauregard takes command of the
tf the Mississippi.
0. Rebels under Van Dorn attack General
Curtis at Pea Ridge, and are defeated after a
three days' light. The President transmits to
Congress a special message, recommending
gradual emancipation, with compensation to
loyal masters.
8. The rebel steamers Merrimac, James
town, and Yorktown attack our fleet in Hamp
ton roads, destroying the frigate Congress and
sinking the sloop-of-war Cumberland.
9. The Monitor attacks and drives off the
rebel iron clad fleet.
10. Lee appointed rebel commander-in-chief.
11. Manassas occupied by the Union Army.
Commodore Dupont captures St. Augustine,
Florida, and Fort Marten.
12. The rebels driven from their works near
Paris, Tenn. Earl Russel!, in a letter to Lord
Lyons, acknowledges the blockade effective.
Commodore Dupont takes Jacksonville, Fla.
13. The President approves the new article
of war prohibiting persons in the military and
naval service from returning fugitive slaves.
14. Gen. Burnside captures Newborn, and
from thirty to fifty cannon. Commodore Du
pont occupies Brunswick, Ga.
15. Commodore Foote's flotilla leaves Cairo
to attack Island No. 10. Newborn occupied
by Commodore Rowan, and the batteries on
the Neuse captured.
18. 250 Union troops attack and defeat 1000
rebels near Salem, Ark. Gov. Johnson offers
a complete amnesty to all Tennesseans who
reaffirm their allegiance. Jefferson Davis, in
a message to the rebel Congress, recommends
the violation of the parole. The rebel House
of Congress passes a bill declaring free trade
to the world. Gen. Garhcld routs 5000 rebels
at Pond Gap, in the Cumberland mountains.
21. Burnside captures Beaufort.
22. 8000 troops under Gen. Shields defeat
the combined forces of Jackson, Smith and
Longstreet, 15,000 strong, at Winchester, driv
ing them to Sirasburg..
25. Santa fa New Mexico, captured by
rebel Texans. Washington, N. C. occupied
by Commander Rowan's forces.
26. Pulaski invested by Gen. Sherman.
28. Battle of Pigeon Ranche, New Mexico,
between thirteen hundred Union troops, under
Col. Hough, and eleven hundred Texans.
31. Gen. Butler takes command ol the De
partment of the South.
2. Gen. Banks drives the rebel Jackson from
Strasburg, Va.
8. The Senate passes the bill abolishing
slavery in the District of Columbia. Com.
Stellwagon captures Apalachicola, Fla.
4. 1 he departments of the Shenandoah (Gen.
Banks) and Rappahannock (Gen. McDowell)
5. Commencement of an attack on the ene
my's works, near Yorktown, Va., by a detach
ment from the army of the Potomac.
6. The rebels under ISeauregard and John
son attacked liuell and Urant. at fittsburg
Landing;, lenn.
7. Tbe rebels evacuate Island No. 10. The
battle ot Pittsburg Lauding renewed. The
rebels defeated.
8. Gen. Pope captures Island No. 10.
9. Conscription bill passes the rebel Con
11. The bill abolishing slaves in the dis
trict passes the House. The Merrimac makes
her second appearance and captures three small
resscls in Hampton Koads. General Mitchell
takes Huntsville, Alabama. Fort Pulaski, Sa
vannah, unconditionally surrenders to General
12. The rebels, 1000 strong, attack Milroy,
at Monterey, and are repulsed.
13. General Hunter confiscates and frees
the slaves at Fort Pulaski and Cockspur Is
14. Com, Foote begins the attack on Fort
. in. The President signs the bill abolishing
slavery in the District of Columbia. Battle
or Lee's Mills, near Yorktown. Thessaan
defeated. . - " "
18. The'rehels attack General Smith's divi
sion before Yorktown, and are repulsed. The
special Senate committee report on the a ban
ment of the Government navy yards, and cen
sure the Buchanan Amimstration.
19. General Reno, with 2.000 troops, attack
an equal number of the enemy at Elizabeth
City, and routs them. Our mortars attack the
New Orleans forts.
21. Adjournment of the rebel congress.
22. The House Military Committee report in
favor of iron-clad forts and vessels for national
25. Surrender of Fort Macon, Georgia, to
Gen. Sherman The New Orleans forts si
lenced, the city taken, and eleven rebel gun
boats destroy. The rebels destroy from
eight to ten million dollars worth of shipping,
cotton, 4c. Death of Gen. C. F. Smith.
29. Gen. Mitchell defeats Kirby Smith at
Bridgeport, Ala.
1. Gen. Butler issues a proclamation and as
sumes command of New Orleans.
2. Gon. Cameron vindicates his conduct as
Secretary of War.
3. Rebels evacuate Yorktown, Gloucester,
and Mulberry and Jamestown Islands, leaving
anmunSSon, - camp equipage, and over one
hundred guns behind.
4. Battle of Williamsburg. Union loss 300
killed and 700 wounded.
5. Gen. McClellan takes Williamsburg, and
1,300 prisoners. Municipal authorities-of New
Orleans arrested bv (Jon. Butler.
7. Battle of West Point.
8. General Schenck joins Milroy at McDow
ell, Va., and engages the enemy, without gain
ing any decided advantage.
9. General Hunter proclaims freedom to the
slaves ib his department. Rebels evacuate
Pensacnla and burn the Navy Yard.
10. General Boiler takes possession ot the
offices belonging to the Freneh, Spanish, and
Dutch consuls, and confiscates $800,000 ol
confederate funds in their bands.
11. General Wool occupies Norfolk and
Portsmouth, The Merrimac blown up by the
rebels, Hollins's fleet attacks Commodore
Davis's fleet, above Fort Pillow, and is re
pulsed ; two of his vessels being blown up.
12. President Lincoln proclaims Beaufort,
Port Royal, and New Orleans to be ports of
entry alter the 1st of June. Surrender of
Natchez to Com. Farragut.
1C. Observed as a day of fasting and humi
liation throughout the South. Union iron-clads
repulsed at Fort Darling.
17. Rebels driven across the Chickahominy
at Bottom's Bridge.
18. Suffolk, Va., occupied by Union troops
under Gen. Wool.
10; President Lincoln repudiates General
Hunter's proclamation.
20. Hon. E. Stanley commissioned as Mili
tary Governor of North Carolina.
22. Army of the Pbtomas crossed the Chic
kahominy. 2o. Banks attacked at Winchester by 15,000
I rebels, under Jackson, and retreats to illiams
i port, Mil. President Lincoln takes military
J possession of all the railroads in the United
j Siatcs.
I 2.0. Confiscation Bill passed the House of
! 27. Battle of Hanover Court House. Fede
j rals suacessful.
J 30. Rebels under Beauregard evacuate Cor
i inth ; occupation of that town by the Union
31. Attack by 40,000 rebels, under General
Joe Johnson, upon the left wing of the Army
of the Potomac, at Fair Oaks, commanded by
Gen. Casey j Union forces driven back. 1
1. Battle of Fair Oaks renewed, resulting in
a repulse ef the rebels. Gen. Fremont takes
possession of Strasburg, Va., whence Jackson
had retired, refusing to fight.
2. Maj. Gen. Wool t ansferred from Fortress
Monroe to the Department of Maryland. Maj.
Gen. John A. Dix ordered to the command of
Fortress Monroe.
6. Engagement between the cavalry of Gen.
Bayard, and several regiments of in!antry, and
a force of rebels, in which the rebel Gen. Ash
by was killed. Engagement near Memphis be
tween the Union rums and gunboats, under
Davis and Eliot, and those ef the rebels, under
Capt. Montgomery. Decisive victory of the
Federals, and surrender to them of Memphis.
7. William B. Mumford hung in New Or
leans, by order of Maj. Gen. Butler,
8. Buttle of Cross Keys, in which Gen. Fre
mont defeated Gen. Jackson, after a fight of
five hours.
9. Battle of Port Republic. The Union
forces under Gen. Shields were overpowered
by the superior number of the rebels under
Jackson, and retreated.
16. Battle on James Island, near Charleston ;
Union troops defeated with 82 killed, 472
wounded, 128 missing.
17. Engagement at St. Charles, Ark., be
tween Union gunboats and rebel batteries.
18. Rebel works at Cumberland Gap occu
pied by Gen. Morgan.
26. Rams Monarch and Lancaster, under
Lieut. Col. Alfred M. Ellet, driven from near
Vicksburg by boats set on fire by the enemy.
Forces of Major Generals Fremont, Banks and
McDowell consolidated into the " Army of Vir
ginia," under Gen. Pope. The rebel Gen.
Jackson attacked Gen. McCall's division in the
rear of the right wing of McClellan's army.
27. General Fremont relieved of command
of the first army corps of the army of Vir
ginia. Battle ol Gaines' Mills, near Mecha
nicsville. Va.
28. Incessant fighting during the day be
tween the right wing of the Union army on
the Chickahomiiiy and the left wing of the
rebels. The enemy repulsed at every advance.
Unionists were ordered, towards evening, to
fall back, which they did in good order.
29. Rebel Gens. Hill and Longstreet attack
the Union forces at Peach Orchard, near Dar
leytown, Va.; Unionists finally repulsed the
enemy with great slaughter, and proceeded
towards their new base of operations. At
five in the afternoon the enemy again attacked
them, near Savage Station. The fight contin
ued until nine at night The Union wound
ed fell in possession of the enemy. A loss of
about 700 in killed and wounded was sustain
ed unon the Union side.
30. A fight took place at White Oak creek,
with heavy loss on both sides. About three
in the afternoon a large force of the rebel army
appeared at Charles Citv Cross Roads, about
four miles nearer the James river than where
the previous fight had taken place. Tbey
were received by the two corps of Keyes and
Porter, whose numbers were insufficient, and
who finally wavered. After an hour's action
tbe Union gunboats appeared and opened fire
upon the enemy, who were also subsequently
charged bv General Heintzleman's corps, and
routed, leaving 2,000 prisoners in the bands of
the Unionists.
1. Battle of Malvan Hill. The rebels were
remilsed At ererv Dnint.
Two rebol division, under Gtnerals Jackson
and Huger, finally attacked tbe left wing of tbe
Union army, at Turkey I'end on the James
river, seventeen miles below Richmond, and
were repulsed. President Lincoln issue another
call for three hundred thousand additional vol
2. At eight in the moraine the enemy opened
fire on General McClellan's army while on the
James river, which engendered a severe fight of
tbree hoars, and a reDulse of the rebels
I I. Mnior-flnnornl Hpnrv V. Halleck appoint
ed commander of .11 tL " the UniUd
S.TTgTit between tbe Union and rebel forees
at Slurfreesboro , TenD., in which the former star
15 Rebel ram Arkansas ran nast the Uooer
iMissisNippi union norma.
17. loigress passed a Jaw anthorizm? the ls-
jne ef postage stamps, and other stamps of the
united elates as currency. Army of (general
Pope destroyed railway property near Gordons-
18. Engagement of four hundred Union troops
ana six nandred guerillas near Memphis, f or
mer successful
32. President Lincoln issues a proclamation
enforcing the confiscation act. Order from the
War Department to the Union generals, ordering
seizure ot rebel property essential to their pur
poses, and ordering the employment of negroes
entering our lines. Unsuccessful attempt of
Commodore Davis and Farragut to capture tbe
rebel ram Arkansas at Vicksburg.
24. Uenth of Lx-1 resident Van Lsuren at Kin-
derhook. N. Y.
27. President Lincoln, in a proclamation
warned all persons from participating in the re
bellion under pain of forfeitures and seizures of
property, giving all rebels sixty days to return
to their allegiance.
.il cn-der of Jeff Uavn, in retaliation against
that of Pope appropriating rebel property.
4. Disrrnction of the rebel ram Aiknnaas bv
her crew while attacked by the gunboat Essex
Order of President Lincoln for three hundred
thousand militia, to serve for nine months.
5 Murder of General Robert McCook by rebel
guerrillas, near Salem, Alabama, and revenge of
Hie iVinth Ohio regiment. A reconnoitring force
under General Hooker, from Harrison's Landing,
captures Malveru Hill. Unsuccessful attack upon
Baton Kouge by Breckinridge.
8. Urder of War Department to prevent citizens
liable to be drafted from going to a foreign conn-
try. Urder from War Department ordering ar
rest of persons discouraging enlistments.
IV. Jsatlte ef Cedar Mountain.
15. Evacuation of Harrison's Landing complet
ed by the Union arnry under General McClellan-.
10. news received of the rising of the Sioux
Indians in Minnesota and massacre of whites.
29. Fight near Centerviffe, Va., between Gen
erals McDowell and Sigel and the rebels nnder
Jackson: enemy routed. In the afternoon anoth
er fight occurred six miles west of Centerville be
tween McDowell, Sigel, and Jackson ; enemy
driven back.
29. City Point, Va . demolished by Union gun
boats. First day of the battlo of Bull Run. Gen
eral Pope in commaud of the Unionists i enemy
30. Battlo of Bull Run renewed. Pope, out
numbered, falls Sack oh Centerville with heavy
loss. Buttle near Richmond. Ky., between &.500
Unionists under Nelson, and 15,000 rebels under
Kirby Smith. Unionists overpowered, losing 200
killed, 700 wounded, and 2.000 prisoners.
1. Battle near Chantilly, Va , in which Gener
als Kearney and Stevens weie killed.
5. Invasion of Maryland by tbe rebel army,
near Point of Rock?.
6 General Pope relieved ef command of the
army of Virginia.
J. Repulse of the rebels, 1,200 strong, at
Washington, N. C, by 500 Union troops.
12. Occupation of Federick, Md . by Union
troops under General Barnside. Death of U. S.
Senator Thomson, of New Jersey.
14. Battle of South Mountain, Maryland.
15. Surrender of Harper's Ferry, with 8,000
men, by Colonel Miles, to the rebel Jackson.
17. Battle of Antietam near Sharpsbtirg ; Union
forces Uti.UOO; rebels 65.000, of which 15,000
were held in reserve by each army.
Id. Rebels under General Lee recross the Po
tomac, and retreat into Virginia.
10 Rattloof Inka; Union victory.
22. Proclamation issued by President Lincoln,
declaring slaves of rebel States, or parts of States
free on the 1st January, IStZi. Meeting of State
Governors at Altoonu on conduct of the war.
24. Proclamation of President Lincoln against
discooraging enlistments.
General Nelson (hot at Louisville by Gen
eral Jeff. C- Davis.
4. Battle of Corinth.
7. Figet at Perryville. Kentucky, between Un
ion forces, under Gen. MeConk. and P.UIK) rebel
10. Occupation ef Chambersburg by rebel cav-
aliv under Stuart.
12. Rebel cavalry under Stuart recross the Po
tomac and escape.
24. Gen. Bnell replaced by Gen. Rosecrans, in
command of the Union army in Kentucky.
27. Army of the Potomac advances from Mary
land into Virginia, by way of Berlin. Battle of
Bayou La Fourclie, Louisiana.
5. 6 Breckinridge unsuccessfully bombards
Nashville, and retires.
7 . General McClellan relieved from command
ot the Army of th Potomac. Fight at Hartsville
and Gallatin, Tenn., between the Union troops
under General Terry, and rebels under General
Morgan. Colonel Moore's brigade captured by
the re Pels.
1 J. General McClelland quits the Army of the
13. Occupation of Holly Springs, Miss., by
Uen. Urant.
16. President Lincoln issues orders to the At
torney General regarding the execution of the
proclamation Oi confiscation.
17. Arrival at Falmonth, opposite Fredericks
burg, of Sumner's grand division of the Army of
the rotomac
4. Banks' expedition sails.
7. Captnre of the steamer Ariel by the rebel
steamer Alabama.
8. Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
11. Bridges laid across the Rappahannock op
posite Fredericksburg, and shelling ef that city
Oy the Union forces under tsurnside.
13. Battle of Fredericksburg. Union forces
actually engaged, 40,000. Rebels, not known
Union army repulsed, with loss of 1,152 killed.
9,000 wounded, and 900 prisoners. Rebel loss
in killed and wounded, 1.7(30 ; prisoners, 586.
14. Arrival of the Backs expedition at New
Orleans, (general Butler superseeded in com
mand of New Orleans by General Banks.
IS. Withdrawal acrrsa the Rappahannock of
tbe Union Army after the battle ot Fredericks
22. Death of Ex-Senator Pearce. of Maryland .
23. Victories of South Creek. Kingston. White
Hall, and Goldsboro'. announced by General
r oster from the Department of Worth Carolina.
24. Issue of Jeff Davis' proclamation, retalia
tory upon General Butler and Union officers.
27. Rebel raid un Dumfries and Occcquan, do
ing but trifling damage.
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