Civil War reports - April 1863
From the pages of the Madison Daily Courier
Saturday, April 27, 2013 5:00 AM
April 15, 1863
In another column will be found the general order appointing Gen. Jerry Sullivan to the position of Inspector General of Grant's Department. This is a most responsible position, and of higher rank than he held before. Gen. Sullivan is now Gen. Grant's Chief of Staff, a position, which in importance and responsibility in second only to that of the Commander-in-Chief. We congratulate our fellow citizen in his promotion, and doubt not that he will fill the responsible position which he has been called.
April 16, 1863
After a marriage ceremony had been performed in one of the churches in Adrian Michigan, the bride, when receiving the congratulations of her friends, shed tears, according to the established custom, at which the groom followed suit, very copiously. After his friends succeeded in calming him, he said he couldn't help it, for he felt as bad about it as she did.
April 29, 1863
Hooker Makes a Forward Movement.
New York, April 29. - The Washington Intelligencer of Tuesday morning announces that Gen. Hooker commenced a forward movement on Monday morning. Heavy masses of artillery and other troops were crossing the Rappahannock at sunrise. The tribune says the 7th and 11th cavalry corps took the lead. Note: This was the first troop movement of what would become the Chancellorsville Campaign, April 27 - May 7, 1863.
April 29, 1863
The Rebels Occupy Morgantown, Va. (now West Virginia)
New York, April 28. - A Harrisburg dispatch of today states that many contradictory reports are circulating relative to the rebel raid.
There is no doubt the rebels have taken Morgantown and occupy it with 4,000 to 8,000 troops, under Jenkins. Our troops are in motion to intercept him, and artillery is being sent from Harrisburg.
Another dispatch, from Uniontown, Pa., states that the rebel flag is floating over Morgantown, and men, women and children are fleeing in all directions.
Pittsburgh is thought to be in some danger. The B. & O. Railroad between Cumberland and Grafton is destroyed. Note: This describes part of the Jones-Imboden Raid, a Confederate attempt to destroy the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and disrupt the West Virginia statehood movement. It was partially successful with the first goal, totally unsuccessful in the second.
Research conducted by the Jefferson County Civil War Roundtable.