What Happened on March 3, 1863

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • 1st US wartime military conscription bill enacted

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Abraham Lincoln approves charter for National Academy of Sciences

16th US President Abraham Lincoln
16th US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • Congress authorizes a US mint at Carson City, Nevada
  • Federal ironclad ships bombard Fort McAllister, Georgia
  • Free city delivery replaces zone postage; 449 letter carriers hired
  • Gold certificates (currency) authorized by US Congress
  • Idaho Territory forms

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US Congress authorizes track width of 4'8½" for Union Pacific Railroad

Financier and Railroad Promoter Doc Durant
Financier and Railroad Promoter
Doc Durant

Famous Birthdays

  • Arthur Machen, Welsh-born author (d. 1947)