Sesquicentennial events

April 1863 & 2013

RiotApril 2, 1863 – Bread Riot in Richmond (VA)

Then: Protesting high prices and shortages in the Confederate capital, citizens took to the streets, damaging property in downtown Richmond.

2013: A walking tour of the riot area is scheduled April 6 during Richmond's Civil War and Emancipation Day.


April 11–May 4, 1863 – Siege of Suffolk (VA)

Then: Confederate Gen. James Longstreet (with three divisions) was ordered to southeast Virginia from Robert E. Lee's lines at Fredericksburg to gather supplies, neutralize a threat to Richmond from the south and capture the Union outpost at Suffolk. He was able to obtain much-needed supplies but after much maneuvering and a few small fights, Longstreet failed to capture Suffolk.

April 20 ~ A van tour leaving from Lee Hall in Newport News.
April 22 ~ Lecture at the Isle of Wight Museum in Smithfield. 7 pm.

April 17–May 2, 1863 – Grierson's Raid (MS)

Then: Union cavalry launched what would become a 600-mile raid from LaGrange (TN) across Mississippi and into Louisiana to distract attention from U.S. Grant's maneuvering toward Vicksburg.

April 17 ~ The Old Capitol Museum in Jackson (MS) hosts a talk on the subject.
April 27 ~ A monument unveiling and other activities are planned in Starkville (MS).

April 18, 1863 – Battle of Fayetteville (AR)

Then: A sudden early morning Confederate attack against Federals posted in downtown Fayetteville proved to be one of the last Southern offensive moves in Northwest Arkansas. Union troops easily beat back the surprise attack. The "Headquarters House" was one of the key spots in the battle.

2013: A lecture, candlelight tour and living history program planned in Fayetteville April 18-20.