04/17, April 17th 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 17, 1850 - Committee of Thirteen agree on the border of Texas as part of the Compromise of 1850. It will later be revised.

April 17, 1850 - During the debate over the Compromise of 1850 in the U. S. Senate, Vice-president Millard Fillmore called Thomas Hart Benton out of order. The exchange became so heated that Benton was nearly shot by Compromise floor leader Henry Foote of Mississippi

April 17.1861 - Federal reinforcements from New York, aboard the USS Powhatan, arrive at Fort Pickens, FL.

April 17, 1861 - Secessionists from Maryland meet in Baltimore.

April 17, 1861 - The Governor of Missouri and the States of Tennessee and Kentucky refuse to furnish the quota of militia to the United States as requested by President Abraham Lincoln.

April 17, 1861 - Virginia Secession Convention approves the wording of an ordinance of secession and calls for a popular vote to approve it.

April 17, 1861 - Star of the West is captured by militia aboard the Confederate Army steamer General Rusk off the coast of Texas.

April 17, 1862 - Skirmish at Warsaw, MO.

April 17, 1862 - Skirmish at Monterey, TN, near Corinth, MS.

April 17, 1862 - The Confederate capture of about 475 Union refugees at Woodson's Gap, TN, by Maj. Gen. E. Kirby Smith, CSA.

April 17, 1862 - Skirmishes near Falmouth and the occupation (Apr 18) of Fredericksburg, VA, by the Union forces, under Maj. Gen. Irvin McDowell, USA. (Apr 17-19)

April 17, 1862 - Federal occupation of Mount Jackson, skirmish at Rude's Hill, and the occupation of New Market, VA, by Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, USA.

April 17, 1862 - Skirmish at Piedmont, VA.

April 17, 1862 - Skirmish at Holly River, WV.

April 17, 1862 - Federal expedition from Summerville (Nicholas Court-House) to Addison, WV, as Maj. Ebenezer B. Andrews, 36th OH Infantry skirmishes with bushwhackers. (Apr 17-21)

April 17, 1863 - Maj. Gen. Daniel Smith Donelson, CSA, dies at Montevale Springs, TN, from natural causes.

April 17, 1863 - Actions and skirmishes at Lundy's Lane, Cherokee Station, Great Bear Creek, and Barton Station, AL.

April 17, 1863 - The CSS Florida destroys the Commonwealth off the coast of Brazil.

April 17, 1863 - Federal expedition from Saint Martinville to Breaux Bridge and Opelousas, LA. (Apr 17-21)

April 17, 1863 - Skirmish on the Amite River, LA.

April 17, 1863 - Action at Bayou Vermillion, LA.

April 17, 1863 - Skirmish on the White River, MO, near Relleford's Mill.

April 17, 1863 - Federal expedition from New Berne to Washington, NC. (Apr 17-19)

April 17, 1863 - Skirmishes at Core Creek, NC, with Maj. Gen. D.H. Hill, CSA. (Apr 17-18)

April 17, 1863 - Col. Benjamin H. Grierson's USA Cavalry Raid from La Grange, TN, to Baton Rouge, LA. (Apr 17-May 2)

April 17, 1863 - Skirmishing takes place generally along the lines during the siege of Suffolk, VA, by Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet.

April 17, 1863 - Federal expedition from Winchester to Stump's Tannery, VA. (Apr 17-18)

April 17, 1863 - Brigadier General John Marmaduke [CS] leaves Arkansas and enters Missouri on a raid.

April 17, 1864 - Affair at Flint River, AL, as the Confederates attempt to cutoff a Federal scouting party with limited success, inflicting casualties.

April 17, 1864 - Skirmish in Limestone Valley, AR, where the Federals surprise attack and overrun a Confederate camp.

April 17, 1864 - Skirmish at Red Mound, AR, the Camden (AR) Campaign.

April 17, 1864 - The Confederate capture of Plymouth, NC, by Brig. Gen. Robert Frederick Hoke, CSA, assisted by the Confederate ram, the CSS Albemarle. (Apr 17-20)

April 17, 1864 - Skirmish at Beaver Creek, NC, on the Kinston Road.

April 17, 1864 - Skirmish at Holly Springs, MS.

April 17, 1864 - Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut, USA, is relieved from command of the 16th US Army Corps, and Maj. Gen. C. C. Washburn, USA, is assigned to the command of the District of West Tennessee.

April 17, 1864 - Ulysses S. Grant ends prisoner exchanges with the South. He felt the practice was '...prolonging the conflict"

April 17, 1864 - Bread riot in Savannah.

April 17, 1865 - Federal expedition from Blakely, AL, to Georgetown, GA, and Union Springs, AL, the Mobile, AL, Campaign.

April 17, 1865 - The destruction of the Confederate ironclad gun-boat, the CSS Jackson or the Muscogee, at Columbus, GA, by Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas, USA.

April 17, 1865 - Action at the Catawba River, near Morgantown, NC, with Maj. Gen. George Stoneman, USA.

April 17, 1865 - Meeting at the Bennett House, near Durham Station, NC, to discuss surrender of the Confederate Army, between Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, CSA, and Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA.

April 17, 1865 - President Jefferson Davis and his entourage arrive at Salisbury, NC.

April 17, 1865 - Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Davies, USA, is assigned to the command of the District of Wisconsin.

April 17, 1865 - Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in Lincoln's assassination.

April 17, 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln's body lies in state in the East Room of the White House, Washington, DC.