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August 1, 1863 Federal forces begin a prolonged bombardment of entrenchments around Charleston Harbor South Carolina
  Siege of Charleston
August 1, 1863 David Porter assumes command of federal Navy forces on the Mississippi River.
  David Porter
August 2, 1863 Following Lee's retreat from Gettysburg, the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac establish lines with Virginia's Rappahannock River between them. Virginia
  Army of the Potomac
  Army of Northern Virginia
August 5, 1863 In a letter to Nathaniel Banks, Abraham Lincoln states 'I am an anti-slavery man' and goes on to state he would never return a "negro" freed under the Emancipation Proclamation to slavery.
  Nathaniel Banks
August 8, 1863 Robert E. Lee offers his resignation to Jefferson Davis. Davis refuses the offer.
  Robert E. Lee
  Jefferson Davis
August 10, 1863 President Lincoln meets with former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Among the topics discussed are the treatment and pay of black soldiers in the U. S. Army
  Abraham Lincoln
  Frederick Douglass
August 11, 1863 Confederate forces pound Federal entrenchments on Morris Island South Carolina
  Siege of Charleston
August 12, 1863 Federal batteries on Morris Island open up a "ranging" barrage that will last four days South Carolina
  Siege of Charleston
August 17, 1863 In an impressive display of firepower, Federal batteries begin heavy shelling of Confederate positions ringing Charleston Harbor including Fort Sumter. Using Parrott rifled cannon including the 200 pound Swamp Angel, the artillery is deadly accurate and easily breaches Sumter, but no assault is forthcoming. Although the initial attack is the heaviest, Federal assaults continue off and on until September, 1864. South Carolina
  Fort Sumter
  Siege of Charleston
August 18, 1863 The Great Sioux Uprising begins under Chief Little Crow in Minnesota.
August 18, 1863 General Thomas Ewing issues orders freeing slaves of Missourians actively involved with the Confederate Army.
August 19, 1863 300 men under the command of William Quantrill, popularly known as Quantrill's Raiders, leave Blackwater Creek, Missouri heading for Lawrence, Kansas Kansas
Missouri
August 21, 1863 The Confederate Navy attempts to attack the USS New Ironsides with a torpedo from the four-man vessel the CSS David. The attack is ineffective
  USS New Ironsides
August 21, 1863 Quantrill's Raiders, now numbering more 400, attack Lawrence, Kansas, killing every male they could find who was old enough to carry a gun (a total of 183 men). One they missed was U. S. Senator James H. Lane, who hid in a cornfield in his nightshirt. Quantrill's men burned the town following the raid Kansas
Missouri
August 25, 1863 In response to Quantrill's raid on Lawrence, Kansas, Brigadier General Thomas Ewing [US] orders civilians out of their homes in 3 Missouri counties (Jackson, Cass and Bates) and parts of a fourth (Vernon). Union soldiers burn the homes, barns and crops. Missouri
August 26, 1863 General John Floyd dies of natural causes in Abingdon, VA
  John Floyd
August 27, 1863 Ford's Theater reopens as Ford's New Theater
  Ford's Theater
August 29, 1863 The Army of the Cumberland begins the Chickamauga Campaign, heading east for passes in Lookout Mountain Alabama
Georgia
  Army of the Cumberland
  Chickamauga Campaign
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