July 5, 1863
---Siege of Port Hudson, Day 39
---The U.S. Government receives a request from Vice President Alexander Stephens of the Confederacy to be given an interview with Lincoln.
—Vicksburg, Mississippi – Gen. Grant, not wanting to burden his army and Nothern prison camps with 30,000 prisoners at one time, decides to parole the prisoners who surrendered with Pemberton the preceding day. Each man being paroled signs a pledge promising not to re-join Confederate ranks until he is duly exchanged for a Federal prisoner.
The Gettysburg Campaign
—Federal cavalry under Pierce catch up with Gen. Imboden’s column, and capture 90 of the wagons Stuart had captured on his raid up north, and capture over 600 prisoners.
—The last of Gen. Ewell’s II Corps withdraws from Gettysburg, but makes little distance to Fairfield, due to the rains and the muddy roads.
—The Federal VI Corps under Sedgwick advances, and finds that the Rebels have indeed gone. Sedgwick catches up with a rear-guard brigade from Early’s division near Fairfield, and skirmishing flares up, but with no result.
—Toward evening, Imboden’s advance cavalry approaches the Potomac fords near Williamsport, and finds the pontoon bridges gone. Heavy rains have raised the river so that crossing by fording is impossible.