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Sesquicentennial events

June 1863 & 2013

June 7, 1863 – Battle of Milliken's Bend (MS)

Milliken's Bend

Then: Battle of Milliken's Bend (MS). Confederates attempted to cut Union supply lines to the siege at Vicksburg, attacking this Mississippi River depot. The battle is notable for the role of black Union troops, who helped fend off the attack.


2013:

  • The battle is remembered by rangers at the Vicksburg National Military Park with special programs June 7. www.nps.gov/vick
June 9, 1863 – Battle of Brandy Station (VA.)

Brandy

Then: Federal troopers surprised Gen. J.E.B. Stuart here in what is called the largest cavalry battle of the war. Some of the battlefield, north of Culpeper, is preserved under the Brandy Station Foundation. brandystationfoundation.com


2013:

June 24-July 6, 1863 – The Tullahoma (TN) Campaign

Then: Union troops leave Murfreesboro en route to drive the Confederates from middle Tennessee.


2013:

  • The Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro commemorates the opening of the campaign with living history and ranger programs June 15-16. nps.gov/stri
     
  • A bus tour from Chattanooga covers the campaign June 22. See nps.gov/chch for details.
June 17-21, 1863 – Clashes in Northern Virginia

Aldie

Then: Union and Confederate troopers clashed in the small villages of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville (VA) as Southern cavalry screened Robert E. Lee's march north to Pennsylvania.


2013:

MilroyJune 13-15, 1863 – Battle of Second Winchester (VA)

Then: The leading elements of the Confederate march toward Pennsylvania easily defeated Gen. Robert Milroy's outnumbered garrison at Winchester.


2013:

  • Anniversary activities include car-caravan tours, living history and more are scheduled June 14-15. One of the features is a living history program June 15 at the recently restored "Star Fort." shenandoahatwar.org
June 20, 1863 – West Virginia statehood

Wheeling

Then: Battle of Milliken's Bend (MS). Confederates attempted to cut Union supply lines to the siege at Vicksburg, attacking this Mississippi River depot. The battle is notable for the role of black Union troops, who helped fend off the attack.


2013:

  • West Virginia birthday parties are scheduled statewide on and near the official June 20 date. Wheeling (the first state capital) is center stage with music, living history and special tours. All the events: birthday.wv.gov
June 25, 1863 – Siege of Vicksburg (MS)

Crater

Then: The explosion of the Third Louisiana Redan. Gunpowder under part of the Confederate line exploded followed by a Union attack, which failed.


2013:

  • Ranger programs at the park commemorate the event on the anniversary date. www.nps.gov/vick
June 28, 1863 – Burning of the Wrightsville (PA) Bridge

Bridge

Then: To prevent Confederates from crossing the Susquehanna River and moving north, Union militia burned the bridge connecting Wrightsville and Columbia.


2013:

June 29–30, 1863 – Union Mills (MD)

Mill

Then: Union and Confederate cavalry both camped in the same place (at different times) north of Westminster following a June 29 clash in the town.


2013:

  • A variety of activities is planned June 29-30 at Union Mills commemorating the movement of both Union and Confederate cavalry into Pennsylvania. Living history, music and much more is planned. unionmills.org