04/13, April 13th 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 13, 1861 - Alexander Robert Lawton, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.

April 13, 1861 - Bvt. Col. Harvey Brown, 2nd US Artillery, assumes the command of the Dept. of Florida.

April 13, 1861 - Maj. Robert Anderson, USA, surrenders Fort Sumter, SC, to the Confederate authorities at Charleston, SC, after enduring continuous shelling by Confederate batteries.

April 13, 1861 - Fort Davis, TX is abandoned by the Union forces.

April 13, 1862 - Decatur, AL, on the Tennessee River, is occupied by the Union forces, commanded by Brig. Gen. Ormsby Mitchel, USA.

April 13, 1862 - Federal expedition from Southern California, under Brig. Gen. James H. Carleton, USA, through Arizona to Northwestern Texas and New Mexico Territory, gradually forcing the Confederates to evacuate the New Mexico Territory. (Apr 13-Sep 20)

April 13, 1862 - Maj. Gen. David Hunter, USA, orders the emancipation of slaves at Fort Pulaski and on Cockspur Island, GA.

April 13, 1862 - Federal reconnaissance on Corinth, MS and Purdy, TN, roads.

April 13, 1862 - Pursuit of the Confederate forces, including skirmish at Peralta, the New Mexico Territory, by Col. Edward R.S. Canby, USA. (Apr 13-22)

April 13, 1862 - Skirmish at Gillett's Farm, Pebbly Run, NC, with the 2nd NC Volunteers.

April13, 1863 - Skirmish at Porter's And McWilliams' Plantations, at Indian Bend, LA.

April 13, 1863 - Federal expeditions from New Berne to Swift Creek Village, NC, during Maj. Gen. D. H. Hill's, CSA, siege of Washington, NC. (Apr 13-21)

April 13, 1863 - Skirmish about 3 miles from Chapel Hill, TN, with the destruction of a Confederate forage train.

April 13, 1863 - Skirmish at Elk Run, VA.

April 13, 1863 - Skirmish at Snicker's Ferry, VA.

April 13, 1863 - Federal forces engage Fort Bisland in Bayou Teche, Louisiana

April 13, 1863 - Ambrose Burnside issue General Order 38 in which he stated "anyone found guilty of committing acts for the benefit of the enemies of our country will be subject to execution."

April 13, 1864 - Skirmish near Decatur, AL, with loss of life.

April 13, 1864 - Skirmish at Indian Bay, AR.

April 13, 1864 - Action at Moscow, AR, the Camden (AR) Campaign.

April 13, 1864 - Skirmishes at and near Richland Creek, AR. (Apr 13-14)

April 13, 1864 - Skirmish on Spring River, 8 miles west of Smithville, AR.

April 13, 1864 - Skirmish at Columbus, KY, with Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's, CSA, Cavalry.

April 13, 1864 - Skirmish at Paintsville, Eastern KY.

April 13, 1864 - Skirmish at Mink Springs, 6 miles from Cleveland, TN, where Rebel Cavalry surprise and capture the Union outpost on the Cleveland and Ducktown road.

April 13, 1864 - Federal expedition from Norfolk to Isle of Wight County, VA, and skirmishes near Cherry Grove Landing and at Smithfield. The Federal's superior naval power is shown as the following are just some of the Union vessels participating: transports, Pentz, Thomas, Tracy, Tucker, and Woodis, gunboats, Brewster, Foster, Jesup, Nansemond, and the Reno, along with the flag-ship, Minnesota. (Apr 13-15)

April 13, 1864 - Affair near Nokesville, VA, with Confederate guerrillas getting the worse of it.

April 13, 1864 - Federal reconnaissance from Portsmouth to the Blackwater, VA, including the 2nd US Colored Cavalry. (Apr 13-15)

April 13, 1864 - Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick, USA, resumes the command of the 6th US Army Corps, the Army of the Potomac, VA.

April 13, 1864 - Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, USA, resumes the command of the 9th US Army Corps, the Army of the Potomac, VA.

April 13, 1864 - Admiral David Porter arrives at Grand Ecore.

April 13, 1865 - The USS Ida sinks in Mobile Bay, AL, after hitting a Confederate torpedo.

April 13, 1865 - Maj. Gen. Frederick Steele, USA, is assigned to the command of all the troops and posts on the east side of Mobile Bay, AL, with the exception of the troops belonging to the 16th US Army Corps.

April 13, 1865 - Skirmish at Wetumpka, AL, with Brig. Gen. James H. Wilson.

April 13, 1865 - Skirmish at Whistler or Eight Mile Creek Bridge, AL, the Mobile, AL, Campaign.

April 13, 1865 - Federal scouts about Lexington, KY. (Apr 13-16)

April 13, 1865 - Skirmish at Morrisville, NC, as Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's, CSA, men continue to contest the advance of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA, towards the new temporary capital of the Confederacy at Greensborough, NC.