04/05, April 5th In Civil War History


Lt. Colonel
Mar 3, 2017
This date in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag

April 5, 1818 - Lewis Baldwin Parsons, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Perry, New York (d. 1907)

April 5, 1822 - James Nagle, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1866)

April 5, 1832 - Claiming to want to raise corn 2,000 Blackhawk Indians, including women and children, cross the Mississippi into Illinois.

April 5, 1861 - Fort Quitman, TX, is abandoned by the Union forces.

April 5, 1862 - Joseph Finegan, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.

April 5, 1862 - The occupation of Edisto Island, SC, by Federal troops.

April 5, 1862 - Affair at San Luis Pass, TX, including the destruction of the Confederate steamer, Columbia. (Apr 5-6).

April 5, 1862 - The Federal Siege of Yorktown, VA, by Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac, against Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, and Maj. Gen. John B. Magruder, CSA. (Apr 5-May 4)

April 5, 1862 - Skirmish near Lee's Mill, VA.

April 5, 1862 - Skirmish near the junction of the Warwick and the Yorktown Roads, VA.

April 5, 1863 - Skirmish near New Carthage, LA.

April 5, 1863 - Skirmish at Davis'Mill, TN.

April 5, 1863 - Federal scout from Grand Junction to Saulsbury, TN. (Apr 5-6)

April 5, 1863 - Federal scout from La Grange, TN, to Early Grove and Mount Pleasant, MS. (Apr 5-7)

April 5, 1863 - After sailing from Washington, D. C. to Fredericksburg, VA, Abraham Lincoln meets with Joe Hooker to discuss strategy.

April 5, 1864 - Skirmish at Marks' Mills, AR, the Camden (AR) Campaign.

April 5, 1864 - Skirmish at Whiteley's Mills, AR, with guerrillas.

April 5, 1864 - Skirmish on Quicksand Creek, Eastern KY.

April 5, 1864 - Skirmish at Natchitoches, LA, with Lieut. Gen. Richard Taylor, CSA, as the US transports are having difficulty with the low water level in the Red River, LA.

April 5, 1864 - Federal expedition from New Madrid, MO, and skirmishes in the swamps of Little River, near Osceola, and on Pemiscot Bayou. The commanding Union officer advises the men against making a fire, which they do anyway. The Federals are attacked as they slept. Men are killed and wounded. The Federals leave one man mortally wounded with the women of a nearby house who promise to bury him. Before leaving, the Yankees find the ground covered with the blood of wounded Rebels. (Apr 5-9)
April 5, 1864 - Affair near Blount's Creek, NC, where a Federal scouting party surprise and capture a Rebel command there.

April 5, 1865 - Frederick Tracy Dent, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.

April 5, 1865 - Federal scout from Huntsville to New Market, Maysville, etc. AL. (Apr 5-7)

April 5, 1865 - Federal expedition from Camp Bidwell to Antelope Creek, CA. (Apr 5-18)

April 5, 1865 - Skirmishes at Newport Bridge, FL. (Apr 5-6)

April 5, 1865 - The destruction of US transports on Neuse River, NC. (Apr 5-7)

April 5, 1865 - Federal expedition from Charleston to the Santee River, SC. (Apr 5-15)

April 5, 1865 - Federal expedition from Georgetown to Camden, SC, and skirmishes at:
Dingle's Mill, near
Sumterville (Apr 9)
Near Statesburg (Apr 15)
Boykins' Mill (Apr 18)
Bradford Springs (Apr 18)
Beech Creek, near Statesburg (Apr 19)
Denkins' Mill (Apr 19).

April 5, 1865 - The engagement at Amelia Springs, VA, as Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA, unable to feed army, orders food be sent by rail from Lynchburg, and turns his army toward Farmville. Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, USA, refrains Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, USA, from attack until more Federal reinforcements arrive, the Appomattox, VA, Campaign.

April 5, 1865 - Skirmish at Paine's Cross-Roads, VA, the Appomattox, VA, Campaign.