The Confederate ironclads Chicora and Palmetto State raid the federal blockade in Charleston, but fail to significantly disrupt the blockade.
Here’s an interesting piece from the Norwich Bulletin a few days ago that’s worth checking out: U.S. slowly overcame obstacles to blacks in Army.
Confederate forces fire on the USS Isaac Smith in the Stono River near Charleston; the boat runs aground and is captured.
Union troops massacre Shoshoni Indians at Bear River, Washington Territory (now Idaho).
The Battle Cry of Freedom.
A small number of Confederate cavalry raiders under John S. Mosby meet at Mount Zion church, east of Aldie, Virginia, en route to a raid at Chantilly.
Union ships led by the ironclad Montauk attack Fort McAllister outside Savannah, Georgia, but are forced to retreat after running low on ammunition.
The Rebels Would n’t Stand Fire.
It is well known that the rebels made but slight resistance to the crossing of the Rappahannock by our forces, and the general impression has been that no resistance was intended. Accounts, however, concur in stating that the rebels broke and cowardly ran when pressed by the bayonets of the brave Unionists. It has been stated, too, that there were but a few rebel sharpshooters stationed in the city. How true this statement is, is ascertained from an official list of the wounded published in the Richmond Enquirer, in which it is stated that there were forty-two regiments stationed in Fredericksburg to resist the crossing of the Union forces. But of them all the only ones which stood with a creditable show of bravery were from Mississippi, and known as Barksdale’s brigade.
Union Major General Joseph Hooker formally takes command of the Army of the Potomac.