Confederate Lieutenant General James Longstreet and General Braxton Bragg launched a night attack on Union troops at Wauhatchie Station, Tennessee on October 28, 1863. The Union was surprised by the attack, but as reinforcements arrived, forced the Confederates back. This left the station open for the Union to receive supplies, weapons, and ammunition via rail. Relatively few night engagements occurred during the Civil War, but this is one of the most significant.
"The whole army is burning with an insatiable desire to wreak violence upon South Carolina. I almost tremble for her fate."
~ General William T. Sherman,
as he prepared to lead his army into the Palmetto State
"The great event of today is the departure of the 9th Regiment for Fort Leavenworth. Confined in camp for more than two months, with nothing between them and cold weather, save a sheet of canvas, they verity rejoice in the prospect of of milder skies in the land of Dixie. Yet the sad hour of parting came all too soon, and I saw tearful eyes and dejected faces when the last roll was called to summon them from the endearing ties of home and friends. But the white kerchiefs waved in the breeze from every house by fair hands, the oft repeated cheers and booming guns, strengthened their courage, and bade them a hearty God-speed.
~ Wisconsin State Journal, January 25, 1862