August 1863 in History

Events in History

  • 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 GA
  • Aug 17 Federal batteries & ships attacked Fort Sumter in SC
  • Aug 21 Raid at Lawrence KS by William Quantrill
  • Aug 26 Battle of Rocky Gap, WV (White Sulphur Springs)

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 Gaston Doumergue, 60th Prime Minister of France (1913-14 and 1934) and 1st protestant French President (1924-31), born in Aigues-Vives, France (d. 1937)
  • Aug 15 Alexei Krylov, Russian engineer and mathematician, born in Alatyrsky District, Russia (d. 1945)
  • Aug 17 Gene Stratton-Porter, American author and naturalist (d. 1924)
  • Aug 24 Dragutin Lerman, Croatian explorer, born in Požega, Croatia (d. 1918)
  • Aug 30 Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, Russian photographer and chemist, born in Muron, Russia (d. 1944)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 8 Angus MacAskill known as 'Giant MacAskill', circus performer (b.1825)
  • Aug 13 Eugène Delacroix, French painter (b. 1798)
  • 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 B Floyd, American Governor (Virginia), Secretary of War (1857-60) and Confederate general, dies of failing health at 57