Timeline: 1863



  • January 1. United States President Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring the majority of the slaves in the United States and those in rebellion in the Confederacy free of their slave status.1
  • Jonah Hex surrenders to the Union Army.
  • Jonah Hex's troop is slaughtered by Union forces, leading some to believe he betrayed them.
  • January 10. The Metropolitan Railway opens in London, the first underground railway in the world.2
  • January 10. The Silurian Vastra (54) awakes, and seeks revenge for her sisters' deaths during the construction of the Metropolitan Railway. She kills five commuters before meeting the Doctor and joins him as a traveling companion, regretting her actions.
  • April 30-May 6. Union forces attempt a major offensive near the town of Chancellorsville, Virginia. The 504th regiment is among the Union's forces there, which includes young Private Henry Fleming. The advance is ultimately unsuccessful.3
  • May 2. Jonah Hex accidentally shoots Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson at Chancellorsville.
  • May 2-3. Young soldier Henry Fleming, at Chancellorsville, engages in battle alongside his regiment. In the second encounter, as his line is overwhelmed, he deserts, overcome with fear. He wanders around, coming across a parade of wounded soldiers, including his longtime friend Jim Conklin, who is delirious from blood loss. Jim soon dies, and Henry flees again. In his wanderings, he is hit in the head with a rifle by another fleeing soldier, giving him a wound. He makes it back to his regiment, where he allows his fellows to believe he was wounded during the battle (though he later confesses to fellow young soldier Tom Wilson). The next day, he participates in the battle, where he acts foolhardy. Another engagement later that day results in the near-maniacal Henry taking up the flag of the fallen flag-bearer and heading unarmed directly at the Confederate line. He survives unscathed and the Union forces overtake that Confederate position.4
  • May 10. General Stonewall Jackson (39) dies from pneumonia complicated by his arm's amputation from an errant bullet.5
  • May. German geologist Otto Lidenbrock and his nephew Axel find a secret code in an Icelandic manuscript. Due to forced starvation, Axel figures out the code, and they set out for Iceland to find a passage into the Earth's center.6
  • June 20. The western counties of Virginia secede from that state, currently in rebellion against the United States as part of the Confederacy. This territory is admitted to the Union as the state of West Virginia, the thirty-fifth state.7
  • June. Otto and Axel Lidenbrock, with the help of local guide Hans Bjelke, reach Snæfellsjökull, and descend. After many travails, they come to an enormous cavern with electric gas lighting. They encounter many strange prehistoric creatures living there.8
  • Samuel Clemens, working at the Territorial Enterprise newspaper in Virginia City in the Nevada Territory, meets the Cartwright clan who own the sprawling Ponderosa ranch. He clashes with eldest son Adam, but eventually makes allies in he, his father Ben, and brothers Hoss and Little Joe. With the Cartwrights as protectors, Sam uses the printed word to take down a corrupt judge who planned on aiding a land grab of Ponderosa.9
  • November 19. United States President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at a battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
  • November 20. Time-traveling teens Bill Preston and Ted Logan (both 1988) abduct Abraham Lincoln and take him on an excellent adventure, eventually returning him to moments after he left.10
  • November 23. Edith Rose Waterfield dies. She is survived by her daughter Victoria (11) and husband Edward.


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