04/11, April 11th 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 11, 1803 - Talleyrand offers the United States Louisiana. Afraid that Napoleon might withdraw the offer, James Monroe and Robert Livingston negotiate a treaty without Jefferson's approval.

April 11, 1861 - Col. Earl Van Dorn, CSA, is ordered to assume the command in Texas and make prisoners of all the US troops remaining in the State who refuse to espouse the Confederate cause.

April 11, 1861 - Confederates demand the surrender of Fort Sumter, South Carolina.

April 11, 1862 - The following are appointed Confederate Brigadier Generals:
William Nelson Rector Beall, CSA
Franklin Gardner, CSA
Martin Luther Smith, CSA

April 11,1862 - The following are appointed Union Major Generals:
Cassius Marcellus Clay, U.S.A.
Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel, U.S.A.
Francis Engle Patterson, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.

April 11, 1862 - Huntsville, AL, near Chattanooga, TN, and on the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, is occupied by the Union forces by Brig. Gen. Ormsby Mitchel, USA, Maj. Gen. E. Kirby Smith, CSA, defending.

April 11, 1862 - Skirmish near Shiloh, MO, about 15 miles southeast of Osceola, with a raid on a Rebel camp by Brig. Gen. James Totten, USA.

April 11, 1862 - The US House of Representatives votes 93-39 to gradually abolish slavery in the District of Columbia.

April 11, 1862 - Skirmish at Wartrace, TN, with Maj. Gen. E. Kirby Smith, CSA.

April 11, 1862 - Confederate Naval Operations in Hampton Roads VA, as the CSS Virginia (Merrimack) captures three Union merchant ships.

April 11, 1862 - Henry W. Halleck assumes personal command of the forces at Pittsburg Landing, the Army of the Tennessee and the Army of the Ohio.

April 11, 1862 - General Fitz-John Porter [US] decides to ride in an observation balloon alone when inventor Thaddeus Lowe takes a sick-day. In flight, the balloon tether breaks, and Porter nearly crosses into enemy territory. A last minute change in wind direction returned him to Union lines.

April 11, 1863 - Skirmish near Squirrel Creek Crossing, the Colorado Territory, near Colorado City, with the capture of a couple guerrillas.

April 11, 1863 - Skirmish at Webber's Falls, the Indian Territory.

April 11, 1863 - Skirmish near Pattersonville, LA.

April 11, 1863 - Skirmish at Courtney's Plantation, MS.

April 11, 1863 - Federal scout from La Grange to Saulsbury, TN.

April 11, 1863 - The Confederate Siege of Suffolk, VA. (Apr 11-May 4) The Confederate Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia, under Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet, CSA, advance upon Suffolk.

April 11, 1863 - Skirmish on the South Quay Road, near the Blackwater, VA.

April 11, 1863 - Skirmish at Williamsburg, VA, where the Confederates, under Brig. Gen. Henry Wise, CSA, again fail to capture Fort Magruder.

April 11, 1863 - Federal expedition from Camp Douglas to the Spanish Fork Canon, the Utah Territory, with skirmish with Indians (Apr 12) at Pleasant Grove, where the Federals set up a base of operations against a band of Indians who are attacking the overland stage coaches between Salt Lake City and Ruby Valley, and with action (Apr 15) at Spanish Fork Canon. (Apr 11-20)

April 11, 1863 - Federal scout from Beverly to Franklin, WV. (Apr 11-18)

April 11, 1863 - Col. Abel Streight leaves Nashville, Tennessee on a raid of Rome, GA.

April 11, 1864 - Affair near Kelly's Plantation, Sulphur Springs Road, AL, where a band of robbers capture and burn the Federal wagon containing 10 days' rations, etc. The Federals track many fresh trails and believe they lead to a local resident's house who they closely monitor.

April 11, 1864 - Federal scout from Stevenson to Caperton's Ferry, AL, and vicinity to arrest several prominent citizens residing on the south bank of the Tennessee River.

April 11, 1864 - A Pro-Union State Government is installed at Little Rock, AR, with Dr. Isaac Murphy, as governor, the next southern state after Louisiana, to reject the Confederacy, enticed by the controlling Union military forces occupying these states.

April 11, 1864 - Skirmish at Richland Creek, AR.

April 11, 1864 - Federal reconnaissance from Rossville to La Fayette, GA. (Apr 11-13)

April 11, 1864 - Skirmish near Columbus, KY, with Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's, CSA, Cavalry.

April 11, 1864 - Affair in Chariton County, MO, with bushwhackers.

April 11, 1864 - Affair at Catlett's Station, near Greenwich, VA, with Maj. Gen. JEB Stuart's Confederate cavalry, with fatalities.

April 11, 1865 - The Confederate forces under Maj. Gen. Dabney Herndon Maury, CSA, evacuate Mobile, AL, including Forts Huger and Tracy, withdrawing to Meridian, MS, the Mobile, AL, campaign.
Skirmish at Saint Charles, AR.

April 11, 1865 - Brig. Gen. Robert B. Mitchell, USA, assumes the command of the District of North Kansas.

April 11, 1865 - Skirmish near Beulah, NC, with Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman.

April 11, 1865 - Affair near Pikeville, NC.

April 11, 1865 - Skirmish near Mocksville, NC, with Maj. Gen. George Stoneman, USA, and his Union cavalry.

April 11, 1865 - Skirmish at Shallow Ford, NC, with Maj. Gen. George Stoneman, USA.

April 11, 1865 - Skirmish near Smithfield, NC, with Maj. Gen. George Stoneman.

April 11, 1865 - The Union forces, under Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA, occupy Smithfield, NC.

April 11, 1865 - Federal scout from Winchester, VA, to Timber Ridge, WV. (Apr 11-12)

April 11, 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln, along with the citizens of Washington, DC, continue to rejoice to the news coming from Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, informing of the surrender by Gen. Robert E. Lee. Abraham Lincoln urges a spirit of generous conciliation during reconstruction.

April 11, 1865 - The Confederate government withdraws to North Carolina.