Unwavering Stand for Our Cause~July 3, 1863

Unwavering Stand for Our Cause~July 3, 1863

Unrest in New Orleans. Optimism in Washington. Negotiations at Vicksburg. Young women raise money for the Confederacy in Tennessee. A Sioux leader killed in Minnesota.

July 3– Friday– New York City– George Templeton Strong on the day’s events and news. “There was a battle at or near Gettysburg on the first, resulting apparently in our favor. We lost a valuable officer in General Reynolds. Fight probably renewed yesterday, but no information on that point. An unpleasant indication but the government has maintained the most resolute silence.” The city’s newspapers “daily certify that the ‘fall’ of Vicksburg is ‘only a question of time,’ as distinguished from one of eternity?”

July 3– Friday– Washington, D.C.– President Lincoln sends a telegram to his son Robert, a student at Harvard, assuring the young man that his mother, Mary Lincoln, is alright. “Don’t be uneasy. Your mother very slightly hurt by her fall.”

July 3– Friday– Washington, D.C.– Navy Secretary Gideon Welles notes: “I met the President and [Secretary of State] Seward at the War Department this morning. A dispatch from General Meade, dated 3 p.m. yesterday, is in very good tone. The Sixth Army Corps, he says, was just arriving entire but exhausted, having been on the march from 9 p.m. of the preceding evening. In order that they may rest and recruit, he will not attack, but is momentarily expecting an onset from the Rebels. They were concentrating for a fight, and, unless Meade is greatly deceived, there will be a battle in the neighborhood of Gettysburg. I hope our friends are not deceived so that the Rebel trains with their plunder can escape through the valley.”


July 3– Friday– Knoxville, Tennessee– The Southern Chronicle reports of women’s efforts at soldier relief. “On the 9th ult. the young ladies of Madisonville and vicinity gave a series of Tableaux together with a Concert, for the purpose of raising a fund in the relief of our sick and wounded soldiers. They realized the Pretty little sum of one hundred and eighteen dollars on the occasion. Their example is well worthy of imitation; for by this means many a dollar-yes, many hundreds andthousands of dollars-could be collected for like purpose. There is not a town in the Confederacy where there is more unity of feeling and purpose respecting the Confederacy and its final triumph than Madisonville. This arises from the early and unwavering stand for our cause made by the prominent citizens of the place and vicinity.”

July 3– Friday– Vicksburg, Mississippi–Under flags of truce, General John Pemberton, commander of Confederate forces here asks Union General Grant for terms. Pemberton knows well that city-wide food supplies will last only a few days more. The majority of commercial and government buildings have sustained damage from six weeks of bombardment. Grant demands an unconditional surrender.

July 3– Friday– New Orleans, Louisiana– Federal authorities impose a 9 pm curfew and limit public gatherings except for church services.

Little Crow

Little Crow

July 3– Friday– 12 miles from Hutchinson, Minnesota– Thaoyate Duta, a/k/a Chief Little Crow, a leader of the Dakota Sioux, is shot and killed by a white farmer. Little Crow, about 53 years old, is wanted in connection with last year’s insurrection by the Sioux. The farmer receives a bounty of $500. A white mob gathers and mutilates the body of Little Crow. [The bounty would equal about $9430 in current dollars.]

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