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Civil War Timeline / Chronology for November 1863

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November 2, 1863 President Lincoln is invited to make a few remarks at the dedication of the National Cemetery in Gettysburg Pennsylvania
  Abraham Lincoln
November 4, 1863 Braxton Bragg orders James Longstreet to Knoxville to operate against Ambrose Burnside. Longstreet is the last of the generals that complained to Jefferson Davis about Bragg. Tennessee
  Braxton Bragg
  James Longstreet
  Siege of Knoxville
November 6, 1863 Battle of Droop Mountain

General William Averill [US] defeats General John Echols [CS]
West Virginia
November 7, 1863 Battle of Rappahanock Station
Battle of Kelly's Ford

George Meade, re-armed and re-supplied, crosses the Rappahannock and begins advancing on the Army of Northern Virginia. Although only two engagements were large enough to be called battles, heavy skirmishing marked the day.
Virginia
  George Meade
November 7, 1863 Fort Sumter again falls under heavy shelling. It will last until November 10. South Carolina
  Siege of Charleston
November 8, 1863 Bragg appoints Major General John Breckinridge to command Harvey Hill's corps.
  John Breckinridge
November 9, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln goes to a play, The Marble Heart. John Wilkes Booth stars.
  Abraham Lincoln
November 11, 1863 Benjamin Butler [US] returns to active duty, commanding the Department of Virginia and North Carolina
  Benjamin Butler
November 12, 1863 In response to former Louisiana Congressman Benjamin Flanders, Lincoln states "...the act of secession is legally nothing and needs no repealing." Louisiana
  Abraham Lincoln
November 12, 1863 Following a couple of quiet days, federal shelling of Fort Sumter resumes. South Carolina
  Siege of Charleston
November 15, 1863 Moving east from the Mississippi, General William Tecumseh Sherman arrives in Stevenson, Alabama with four divisions. Sherman then confers with Grant in Chattanooga. Alabama
Tennessee
  William Tecumseh Sherman
  Ulysses S. Grant
November 16, 1863 Battle of Campbell's Station, Knoxville

Ambrose Burnside [US] withdraws following an attack by James Longstreet [CS].
Tennessee
  Ambrose Burnside
  James Longstreet
  Siege of Knoxville
November 17, 1863
December 4, 1863
Siege of Knoxville Tennessee
  James Longstreet
  Ambrose Burnside
  Siege of Knoxville
November 18, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln, William Seward and Frank Blair, along with diplomats, foreign visitors, a military guard and a Marine band leave Washington D. C. on a "special" 4-car train organized by the B&O Railroad Pennsylvania
  Abraham Lincoln
  William Seward
November 19, 1863 At the dedication of the National Cemetery in Gettysburg President Lincoln delivers a two-minute speech. Immediately following the speech he calls it a "flat failure." The speech is known today as the Gettysburg Address Pennsylvania
  Gettysburg Address [Full Text]
  Abraham Lincoln
  Civil War National Cemeteries
November 20, 1863 Federals began heavy bombardment of Fort Sumter. It will continue, off and on, through December 4. South Carolina
  Siege of Charleston
November 22, 1863 Completely unaware of the federal build-up in Chattanooga, Braxton Bragg detaches Buckner's Corps and orders him to join Longstreet in Knoxville. Tennessee
  Braxton Bragg
  Simon Bolivar Buckner
November 23, 1863 Action at Orchard Knob, Chattanooga Tennessee
  Ulysses S. Grant
  Battles for Chattanooga
  George Thomas
  Philip Sheridan
November 24, 1863 Battle of Lookout Mountain
Battle Above the Clouds

Joseph Hooker [US] engages forces under Carter Stevenson [CS] on the slopes of Lookout Mountain
Tennessee
Georgia
  Ulysses S. Grant
  Battles for Chattanooga
  Joseph Hooker
  Braxton Bragg
November 25, 1863 Battle of Missionary Ridge, Chattanooga

Three Union armies attacked the Army of Tennessee atop Missionary Ridge, east of downtown Chattanooga. Patrick Cleburne stopped William Tecumseh Sherman from the north, although outnumbered 10 to 1. Joe Hooker was seriously delayed by burnt bridges and failed to hit the southern end of Bragg's line near Rossville, Georgia. Thomas' Army of the Cumberland struck the center, breaking Bragg's line and forcing a retreat. Sheridan, ordered to pursue, was stopped dead in his tracks by William Hardee's rear guard action.
Tennessee
Georgia
  Ulysses S. Grant
  Battles for Chattanooga
  Braxton Bragg
  John Breckinridge
  George Thomas
  Philip Sheridan
  Army of the Cumberland
  William Tecumseh Sherman
  Patrick Cleburne
  Joseph Hooker
  William Hardee
  Army of Tennessee
November 26, 1863 Battle of Ringgold Gap

Patrick Cleburne's [CS] rear guard action against Joseph Hooker [US] following the defeat at Missionary Ridge gives Braxton Bragg time to establish a line in Dalton, GA
Georgia
  Battles for Chattanooga
  Patrick Cleburne
  Joseph Hooker
  Braxton Bragg
November 26, 1863 George Meade crosses the Rapidan River attempting to turn Lee's right flank, starting the Mine Run Campaign Virginia
  Mine Run Campaign
November 27, 1863 General John Hunt Morgan [CS] escapes from the Ohio State Penitentiary
  John Hunt Morgan
November 27, 1863 General William French [US] 5th Corps is attacked by Edward Johnson [CS] and his Confederate division near Payne Farm. Virginia
  Mine Run Campaign
November 28, 1863 In Dalton, Georgia, Braxton Bragg telegraphs his resignation to President Davis Georgia
  Braxton Bragg
  Jefferson Davis
  Army of Tennessee
November 28, 1863 Ulysses S. Grant orders William Tecumseh Sherman to advance on Knoxville and relieve Ambrose Burnside Tennessee
  Ambrose Burnside
  Siege of Knoxville
  Ulysses S. Grant
  William Tecumseh Sherman
November 29, 1863 Battle of Fort Sanders (earlier known as Ft. Loudon or Loudoun) Tennessee
  Battle of Fort Sanders
  Lafayette McLaws
  Ambrose Burnside
  Siege of Knoxville
November 29, 1863 General G. K. Warren, ordered to move to Lee's right flank, arrives at his position late and decides to dig in and wait until morning. Virginia
  Mine Run Campaign
November 30, 1863 President Davis accepts Bragg's resignation and appoints William Hardee in temporary command of the Army of Tennessee Tennessee
  Jefferson Davis
  Braxton Bragg
  William Hardee
  Army of Tennessee
November 30, 1863 G. K. Warren [US] decides not to attack the reinforced Rebel line near Mine Run. Virginia
  Mine Run Campaign
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