Historical Events in August 1863

  • Aug 1 Battle of Little Rock, Arkansas; start of Chattanooga campaign
  • Aug 1 Cavalry action near Brandy Station-End of Gettysburg Campaign
  • Aug 3 Governor Seymour asks Lincoln to suspend draft in NY
  • Aug 8 American Civil War: Tennessee's "military" Governor Andrew Johnson frees his personal slaves. Celebrated as a holiday by Tennessee African Americans (early 20th century)
  • Aug 9 Skirmish at Calfkiller Creek, Tennessee - Union troops attack Confederate scouts
  • Aug 11 Cambodia becomes French protectorate
  • Aug 12 1st cargo of lumber leaves Burrard Inlet (Vancouver, BC)
  • Aug 15 Submarine "HL Hunley" arrives in Charleston on railroad cars
  • Aug 15 The Anglo-Satsuma War begins between the Satsuma Domain of Japan and the United Kingdom (Traditional Japanese date: July 2, 1863).
  • Aug 16 Chickamauga campaign of the US Civil War begins in Georgia
  • Aug 17 Federal batteries & ships attacked Fort Sumter in SC

Historic Event

Aug 21 Lawrence Massacre [Quantrill's raid]: 450 Confederate guerrillas led by William Quantrill with William T. Anderson and Frank James attack the Unionist town of Lawrence, Kansas, killing more than 150 unarmed men and boys

  • Aug 26 Battle of Rocky Gap, West Virginia (White Sulphur Springs): Colonel George S. Patton's Confederate forces defeat Union brigade advance