The siege of Chattanooga continued as a new general was given command of the Federal armies in the West. Braxton Bragg continued alienating his subordinates. The Republican rift in Missouri continued, and crucial state elections took place in various northern states. With both the armies in Virginia weakened, George G. Meade’s Federals tried to begin a new campaign against Robert E. Lee.
1 Oct – Major General Joseph Wheeler’s Confederate cavalry force entered the Sequatchie Valley in Tennessee to raid the supply lines of Major General William S. Rosecrans’s Federal Army of the Cumberland.
2 Oct – Reinforcements from the Federal Army of the Potomac arrived at Bridgeport, Alabama, after being hurried from northern Virginia to support the Army of the Cumberland besieged in Chattanooga.
4 Oct – Colonel Joseph O. “Jo” Shelby’s Confederate “Iron Brigade” entered Missouri and conducted the longest raid of the war.
5 Oct – A small torpedo boat named the C.S.S. David detonated a mine against the Federal ironclad U.S.S. New Ironsides outside Charleston Harbor, South Carolina.
7 Oct – Federal signalmen from the Army of the Potomac reported that General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was mobilizing to possibly launch an offensive.
9 Oct – President Jefferson Davis held meetings with the top officers in the Army of Tennessee to try resolving the deep dissension among them.
11 Oct – Federal reinforcements from Virginia entered Chattanooga, but it was becoming clear that Major General William S. Rosecrans was not up to the task of breaking the Confederate siege paralyzing his Army of the Cumberland.
12 Oct – General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia attempted another flanking maneuver after Major General George G. Meade’s Federals fell back.
The 1863 Northern State Elections
13 Oct –
Engagement at Bristoe Station
14 Oct –
Northern Virginia: Lee’s Offensive Ends
15 Oct –
Grant Takes Western Command
16 Oct –
Chattanooga: Davis’s New Strategy
17 Oct –
Northern Virginia: The Buckland Races
19 Oct –
Chattanooga: Grant Takes Over
20 Oct –
Northern Virginia: Federals Weigh Their Options
22 Oct –
Chattanooga: Opening the Cracker Line
24 Oct –
The Battle of Wauhatchie
28 Oct –
Charleston: Another Federal Bombardment
31 Oct –
Last Updated: 10/12/2018