On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1863

  • Jan 2 Roger Weightman Hanson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in Battle of Murfreesboro at 35
  • Jan 9 Ferdinand Huber, Swiss composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 10 Lyman Beecher, US Presbyterian clergyman, temperance movement leader (b. 1775)
  • Jan 15 David Rumph Jones, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 37
  • Jan 17 Horace Vernet, French painter of battles and Orientalist subjects, dies at 73
  • Mar 11 Sir James Outram, 1st Baronet, English general (b. 1803)
  • Mar 17 John Pelham, U.S. Confederate artillery major, dies in battle at 24
  • Mar 21 Edwin Vose Sumner, US Union-general-major (Fair Oaks), dies at 66
  • Mar 28 James Cooper, US attorney/senator/Union-brigadier general, dies at 52
  • Apr 4 Ludwig Emil Grimm, German painter and engraver, dies at 73
  • Apr 8 Joseph Netherclift, English composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 10 Giovanni B Amia, Italian astronomer/physicist/botanist, dies at 77
  • Apr 15 Jan Nepomuk Kanka, Czech composer, dies at 90
  • Apr 17 Daniel Smith Donelson, Confederate general and cousin of Andrew Jackson, dies at 61
  • May 1 Edward D. Tracy, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 29
  • May 3 Elisha Franklin "Bull" Paxton, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 35
  • May 7 Amiel Weeks Whipple, US Union gen-major, dies of injuries at 46
  • May 14 Emile Racine Gauthier Prudent, composer, dies at 46
  • May 16 Lloyd Tilghman, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 47
  • May 27 Edward Payson Chapin, Union Brigadier General, dies at 31
  • May 28 Edmund Kirby Jr, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies of injuries at 23
  • Jun 7 Franz Xaver Gruber, Austrian organist and composer (Silent Night), dies at 75
  • Jun 9 Benjamin Franklin "Grimes" Davis, Union major, dies in battle at 30
  • Jun 17 Isham W Garrott, US attorney/Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle
  • Jun 26 Andrew Hull Foote, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), dies at 56
  • Jun 27 Martin E Green, Confederate brigadier general, shot dead at 38
  • Jul 1 John Fulton Reynolds, Union general-major, dies in battle at 42
  • Jul 2 Stephen Hinsdale Weed, US Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 28
  • Jul 3 William Barksdale, American Confederate Brigadier General, dies in the Battle of Gettysburg while leading his brigade's attack at 41
  • Jul 3 Alonzo Cushing, American Union officer, dies at the Battle of Gettsburg at about 22
  • Jul 3 Little Crow [Ta-oya-te-duta], Mdewakanton Dakota leader (Treaty of Mendota), shot and killed by settlers at about 53
  • Jul 3 Samuel K. Zook, American Union general-major, dies of his wounds from the Battle of Gettysburg at 40
  • Jul 3 Richard B. Garnett, American Confederate Brigadier General, killed during Pickett's Charge, Battle of Gettysburg at 45
  • Jul 3 George Hull Ward, American general and Union officer in the American Civil War, dies of his wounds at the Battle of Gettysburg at 37
  • Jul 3 Elon John Farnsworth, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at the battle of Gettysburg at 25
  • Jul 4 Paul Joseph Revere, American grandson of Paul Revere, Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 30
  • Jul 5 Lewis Armistead, Confederate brigadier general at Gettysburg (Pickett's Charge), dies of his injuries from the battle of Gettysburg at 46
  • Jul 6 Strong Vincent, American army officer (fought at Battle of Gettysburg), dies at 26 fighting at the Little Round Top in Gettysburg
  • Jul 8 Francis Kenrick, Irish-American Archbishop of Baltimore (1851-63), dies at 65
  • Jul 10 Clement Clarke Moore, American Professor and writer ('Twas the Night Before Xmas), dies at 83
  • Jul 10 Paul Jones Semmes, American businessman and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 48
  • Jul 13 John S. Bowen, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 32
  • Jul 17 J. Johnston Pettigrew, American lawyer and Confederate General in the American Civil War, dies at 35
  • Jul 18 William Dorsey Pender, US Confederate Major General, dies of injuries at 29
  • Jul 22 Karl Schuberth, German cellist, and composer, dies at 52

Sam Houston

Jul 26 Sam Houston, 1st President of Republic of Texas (1836-38, 1841-44) who helped bring Texas into the United States as a constituent state, dies at 70

  • Jul 27 William Lowndes Yancey, American Confederate leader (b. 1813)
  • Jul 28 James Deshler, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 30
  • Jul 29 Edward Needle Kirk, US Union brigadier general, dies in battle at about 35
  • Jul 30 George Crockett Strong, US Union gen-mjr, dies of injuries at 29
  • Aug 5 Adolf Friedrich Hesse, German composer, dies at 53
  • Aug 8 Angus MacAskill known as 'Giant MacAskill', circus performer (b.1825)
  • Aug 13 Eugène Delacroix, French painter and etcher (Journal), dies at 65
  • Aug 14 Colin Campbell, British officer (Cawnpore), dies at 70
  • Aug 18 Thomas Welsh, US Union brigadier general (Antietam), dies at 39
  • Aug 26 John Bz. Floyd, American Governor (Virginia), Secretary of War (1857-60) and Confederate general, dies of failing health at 57
  • Sep 6 Lucius March Walker, Confederate brigadier general (in duel), dies at 33
  • Sep 17 Albartus Telting, Frisian poet (Frisianch Jierboeckjen), dies at 59
  • Sep 17 Alfred Victor, Comte de Vigny, French musketeer and writer (Moise, Chatterton), dies at 66
  • Sep 19 Preston Smith, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 39
  • Sep 20 Benjamin Hardin Helm, US attorney/Confederate brigadier general, dies at 33

Jacob Grimm

Sep 20 Jacob Grimm, German philologist, folklorist and editor of "Grimm's Fairy Tales", dies at 78

  • Sep 20 William Haines Lytle, US politician, poet and Brigadier General (Union Army), killed in action during the American Civil War at 36
  • Oct 2 Justinus van de Brugghen, lawyer/minister of Justice, dies
  • Oct 4 Gerrit Schimmelpenninck, earl of Nijenhuis/Peckedam, dies at 69
  • Oct 21 Lambertus GC Ledeboer, Dutch old-reformed vicar, dies at 55
  • Oct 31 Louis Ludwig Blenker, German/US brigadier general (Union), dies at 51
  • Nov 2 Theodore Judah, American railroad engineer (b. 1826)
  • Nov 13 Carnot Posey, Confederate brig-general, dies after being wounded in the Battle of Bristoe Station at 45
  • Nov 15 Frederik VII, 1st constitutional king of Denmark (1848-63), dies at 55
  • Nov 20 James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin & Kincardine and Governor (Jamaica), dies at 52
  • Nov 21 Joseph Mayseder, Austrian violinist and composer, dies at 74
  • Nov 24 Claudius Charles Wilson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies of fever at camp in Ringgold, Georgia at 32
  • Dec 2 Jane Appleton Pierce, American 1st lady (1853-57) and wife of Franklin Pierce, dies of tuberculosis at 57
  • Dec 13 Friedrich Hebbel, writer, dies at 50
  • Dec 22 Michael Corcoran, Union brigadier general, dies at 36
  • Dec 24 William Makepeace Thackeray, British novelist (Vanity Fair), dies at 52