04/06, April 6th In Civil War History


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

April 6, 1789 - The U. S. Senate meets for the first time. They count the electoral votes and declare George Washington the winner.

April 6, 1828 - Birth of Charles William Field, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1892)

April 6, 1830 - Birth of James Augustine Healy, Macon Ga, 1st African American Roman Catholic bishop

April 6, 1841 - John Tyler inaugurated President of the United States

April 6, 1861 - Abraham Lincoln sends a message to Governor Pickens informing him that Fort Sumter will be provisioned and that if the effort is resisted the fort will be reinforced.

April 6, 1862 - Braxton Bragg. C.S.A. is appointed Full General.

April 6, 1862 - Jones Mitchell Withers, C.S.A., is appointed Maj. Gen.

April 6, 1862 - Skirmish near Fort Anderson, CA.

April 6, 1862 - Confederate expedition from Greenville, TN, into Laurel Valley, NC, by Maj. Gen. E. Kirby Smith, CSA. (Apr 6-11)

April 6, 1862 - The Battle of Pittsburg Landing, or Shiloh, TN, with fighting around Shiloh Church, the Sunken Road, the Hornet's Nest, at the Bloody Pond, and the Peach Orchard, as the battle swayed back and forth with Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, retreating to the protection of the Union gunboats, USS Lexington, and the USS Tyler, and with Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell, USA, arriving with reinforcements at the end of the first day of battle. Full General Albert Sidney Johnston, CSA, has his femoral artery in his leg severed by a musket ball, and bleeds to death after refusing to send for his Confederate doctors who are busy caring for the Federal wounded. Brig. Gen. Adley Hogan Gladden, CSA, is wounded, requiring his arm to be amputated from a shell fragment, and dies six days later near Corinth, MS, on Apr 12. Brig. Gen. William Harvey Lamb Wallace, USA, is mortally wounded while leading his men in a retreat, after assisting Brig. Gen. Benjamin Mayberry Prentiss, in defending the "Hornet's Nest,", dying at Savannah, TN, Apr 10.

April 6, 1863 - Skirmish at Town Creek, AL.

April 6, 1863 - Skirmish at James' Plantation, near New Carthage, LA.

April 6, 1863 - Skirmish at Nixonton, NC, with Union men on patrol.

April 6, 1863 - Skirmish at Davis' Mill, TN, with the capture of Union pickets.

April 6, 1863 - Skirmish near Green Hill, TN, with the capture of Rebel liquor.

April 6, 1863 - Maj. Gen. Erasmus Darwin Keyes, USA, is temporarily in the command of the Dept. of Virginia.

April 6, 1863 - Skirmishes near Burlington, and at Purgitsville and Goings' Ford, WV. (Apr 6-7)

April 6, 1864 - Skirmishes on the Arkansas River and near Prairie Grove, AR, with Brig. Gen. John B. Sanders, USA, commanding the District of Southwest Missouri. (Apr 6-7)

April 6, 1864 - Skirmish on the Little Missouri, AR, the Camden (AR) Campaign.

April 6, 1864 - Skirmish at Piney Mountain, AR.

April 6, 1864 - Affair at Prairie Du Rocher, IL, where the Yankees pursue guerrillas and horse thieves.

April 6, 1864 - A Union constitutional convention meets in New Orleans, LA, and adopts a new state constitution which abolishes slavery.

April 6, 1864 - The Dept. of the Monongahela is merged into the Dept. of the Susquehanna, PA.

April 6, 1864 - Brig. Gen. James B. Ricketts, USA, is temporarily commanding the 6th US Army Corps, the Army of the Potomac, VA.

April 6, 1865 - Maj. Gen. John Austin Wharton, CSA, is mortally wounded, shot by Col. George W. Baylor, of the 2nd Confederate Texas Cavalry, after arguing over general military affairs in General Wharton's Houston, TX, hotel room.

April 6, 1864 - Skirmish at King's Store, AL, as Brig. Gen. James H. Wilson, USA, continues to spar with Lieut. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA.

April 6, 1864 - Skirmish near Lanier's Mill, Sipsey Creek, AL, with Brig. Gen. James H. Wilson, USA, and Lieut. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA.

April 6, 1864 - Action at Natural Bridge, FL.

April 6, 1864 - Skirmish at Flat Creek, near Amelia Springs, VA, the Appomattox, VA, Campaign.

April 6, 1865 - Action near High Bridge, VA, the Appomattox, VA, Campaign. Brig. Gen. James Dearing, CSA, is mortally wounded at the action at High Bridge, VA, from a pistol duel with Bvt. Brig. Gen. Theodore Read, USA, who died.

April 6, 1865 - The Engagement at Sayler's Creek, VA, where the Confederate Army separates into two columns heading in different directions, and Lieut. Gen. Richard S. Ewell's entire Confederate Army Corps is overwhelmed by Maj. Gens. Philip H. Sheridan and Horatio Wright's 6th US Army Corps, and forced over 8,000 Confederates to surrender. This is the last fight between the Army of Northern Virginia and the Federal Army of the Potomac.

April 6, 1865 - The engagement at Rice's Station, VA, as the other Confederate column under Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet, CSA, encounters the Federals under Maj. Gen. Edward O.C. Ord, USA, the Appomattox, VA, Campaign.

April 6, 1865 - Action at Wytheville, VA, with Maj. Gen. George Stoneman, USA.

April 6, 1865 - Affair near Charlestown, WV, where Lieut. Col. John S. Mosby, CSA, and his Virginia Partisan Irregular Rangers surprise the camp of the Loudoun County Rangers, capturing a number of men and nearly all their horses. This is to be Mosby's final escapade against the Federal military forces.

April 6, 1866 - The Grand Army of the Republic is formed in Decatur, Illinois, by Dr. Benjamin F. Stephenson.

April 6, 1868 - Arkansas ratifies the 14th Amendment.