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January 2, 1863 Battle of Stone's River (2nd day)
  Civil War - 1863
  Patrick Ronayne Cleburne
January 19, 1863 W. T. Wofford promoted to Brigadier General
  William Tatum Wofford
February 16, 1863 The CSS Chattahoochee, a twin-screw steam powered gunboat built in Saffold, Georgia (Early County, just north of the Florida-Georgia state line) enters service
  Early County, Georgia
February 18, 1863 Cornerstone laid for the Macon Armory
  City of Macon, Georgia
February 28, 1863 Confederate ship "Nashville" sunk in the Ogeechee River by Union ironclad
  Civil War - 1863
March 4, 1863 Robert Toombs resigns his commission in the Confederate Army
  Robert Toombs
March 25, 1863 Secretary of War Edwin Stanton presents the first Medals of Honor to six participants of the Great Locomotive Chase (known in the North as Andrew's Raid).
May 1, 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville
May 3, 1863
  Civil War - 1863
  Philip Cook, CSA
May 27, 1863 The boiler on the CSS Chattahoochee explodes while plowing the waters near the coast of Georgia. She is taken to the shipyard in Columbus, where she is eventually scuttled.
  Columbus, Georgia
June 10, 1863 Union troops under the command of James Montgomery seize St. Simons Island.
  Civil War - 1863
June 11, 1863 Union troops on St. Simons Island loot and destroy Christ Church Frederica, the city of St. Simons and many of the plantations.
  Civil War - 1863
July 1, 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, PA
  Civil War - 1863
  Lafayette McLaws
  James Longstreet
July 7, 1863 General Lafayette McLaws writes a letter critical of his childhood friend and commanding officer at Gettysburg, James Longstreet
  Lafayette McLaws
  James Longstreet
September 10, 1863 Battle of Davis Crossroads
September 11, 1863
  Civil War - 1863
  Battle of Davis Crossroads
  Patrick Ronayne Cleburne
September 19, 1863 Battle of Chickamauga
September 20, 1863
  Civil War - 1863
  General George Thomas
  Catoosa County, Georgia
  Walker County, Georgia
  Chickamauga-Second Day
  Chickamauga-First Day
  Patrick Ronayne Cleburne
  James Longstreet
October 8, 1863 Confederate President Jefferson Davis arrives in Atlanta
  Jefferson Davis
October 9, 1863 Jeff Davis addresses a crowd at Marietta, GA
  Marietta, GA
  Jefferson Davis
October 10, 1863 Jeff Davis tours Army of Tennessee lines in North Georgia
  Jefferson Davis
October 12, 1863 At the request of Braxton Bragg, Jeff Davis approves relieving Daniel Harvey Hill of command. Longstreet is detached and others who disagree with Bragg are reassigned
  Jefferson Davis
  James Longstreet
October 14, 1863 Jefferson Davis returns to Atlanta, then leaves heading west.
  Jefferson Davis
October 27, 1863 The Battle of Brown's Ferry opens the so-called "Cracker Line"
  Battle of Brown's Ferry
  Civil War - 1863
October 29, 1863 Returning from the western states of the Confederacy, President Davis arrives in Atlanta
  Jefferson Davis
October 30, 1863 Jeff Davis stops in Macon, briefly addressing a crowd
  City of Macon, Georgia
  Jefferson Davis
October 30, 1863 Defensive perimeter around Atlanta, built by Col. Lemuel Grant, is completed
October 31, 1863 Jeff Davis begins a short stay in Savannah
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Jefferson Davis
November 27, 1863 Concerned with the 10 deaths a day at a prison camp in Richmond (Belle Isle), the medical director recommends that another prisoner of war camp be established.
  Civil War - 1863
  Camp Sumter, Andersonville, Georgia
November 27, 1863 Battle of Ringgold Gap
  Civil War - 1863
December 2, 1863 Following his defeat at Chattanooga, Braxton Bragg officially relinquishes command of the Army of Tennessee. General William Hardee assumes command.
  Civil War - 1863
December 17, 1863 Major General Lafayette McLaws is relieved of duty by General James Longstreet after the battle of Fort Sanders. McLaws demands a court-martial. He is cleared of all charges
  Lafayette McLaws
  James Longstreet
December 21, 1863 Sidney Winder orders construction to begin on Camp Sumter near Andersonville, Georgia
  Camp Sumter, Andersonville, Georgia
  Sumter County, Georgia
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