On This Day

June 1863 in History

Events in History

Historic Event

Jun 2 Harriet Tubman leads Union guerrillas into Maryland, freeing slaves

  • Jun 5 Battle of Franklin's Crossing, Virginia (Deep Run)
  • Jun 5 CSS Alabama captures "Talisman" in the Mid Atlantic
  • Jun 6 Battle of Milliken's Bend, Louisiana and Williamsport, Maryland

Battle of Interest

Jun 7 Battle of Milliken's Bend, Lousisiana, Jefferson Davis' home burnt

  • Jun 7 Mexico City captured by French troops
  • Jun 9 Battle of Brandy Station, Virginia (Fleetwood, Beverly Ford)

Victory in Battle

Jun 10 Battle of Brice's Crossroads, Miss; Nathan Bedford Forrest w/3500 defeats 8000 Feds

  • Jun 13 Second Battle of Winchester, Virginia
  • Jun 13 Samuel Butler publishes 1st part of "Erewhon" in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Jun 13 Skirmish at Berryville, Virginia
  • Jun 14 Battle of 2nd Winchester, Virginia
  • Jun 15 Second Battle at Winchester Virginia, ends in Federal defeat; 1350 casualties
  • Jun 17 Battle at Middleburg, Virginia
  • Jun 17 Battle of Aldie, Confederates fail to drive back Union in Virginia
  • Jun 17 Naval Engagement at Warsaw Sound GA-USS Weehawken vs CSS Atlanta
  • Jun 17 Travelers Insurance Co of Hartford chartered (1st accident insurer)
  • Jun 18 After long neglect, Confederates hurriedly fortify Vicksburg
  • Jun 19 Battle at Middleburg Virginia (100+ casualties)
  • Jun 20 1st bank chartered in US (National Bank of Davenport Iowa)
  • Jun 20 Skirmish at Greencastle, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 20 West Virginia admitted as 35th US state of the Union
  • Jun 21 Battle at Upperville, Virginia, Union forces hold off Confederate advance, 389 causalities
  • Jun 23 Tullahoma campaign, Tennessee
  • Jun 24 Planning an invasion of Pennsylvania, Lee's army crosses Potomac
  • Jun 25 US General George Meade replaces General Hooker to be more aggressive
  • Jun 27 Skirmish at Fairfax Courthouse, Virginia
  • Jun 29 Battle at Westminster, Maryland: Federal assault

Appointment of Interest

Jun 29 George Armstrong Custer, aged 23, appointed Union Brigadier General

  • Jun 29 Confederate General Robert Lee orders his forces to concentrate near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 29 Very 1st First National Bank opens in Davenport, Iowa
  • Jun 30 Battles in Hanover, Pennsylvania: 80 casualties
  • Jun 30 Dutch colony Suriname counts population of 33,000 slaves
  • Jun 30 Skirmish at Sporting Hill, Pennsylvania

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 4 Edmond Robert Hubert Regout, Dutch industrialist and politician, born in Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands (d. 1913)
  • Jun 10 Louis Couperus, Dutch poet and writer (Eline Vere), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1923)
  • Jun 11 Eduard David, German politician (constitution of Weimar), born in Ediger-Eller, Germany (d. 1930)
  • Jun 13 Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon, English fashion designer, born in London (d. 1935)
  • Jun 17 Duke Charles Michael of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, born in Oranienbaum, Russian Empire (d. 1934)
  • Jun 18 George Essex Evans, Australian poet (d. 1909)
  • Jun 21 Max Wolf, German astronomer, pioneer in the field of astrophotography, born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1932)
  • Jun 25 Émile Francqui, Belgian soldier and diplomat, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1935)
  • Jun 29 James Harvey Robinson, American historian (Ordeal of Civilization), born in Bloomington, Illinois (d. 1936)

Deaths in History

  • Jun 9 Benjamin Franklin "Grimes" Davis, Union major, dies in battle at 30
  • Jun 17 Isham W Garrott, American attorney and 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