04/24, April 24th 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 24, 1820 - Land Act of 1820 abolishes subsidies paid to investors who purchased Western lands to reduce speculation, but increases the cash requirement to benefit speculators.

April 24, 1842 - John Van Zandt conceals 9 slaves from Boone County, Kentucky who crossed the Ohio River in his wagon and takes them to his farm where he frees them.

April 24, 1862 - Skirmish at Tuscumbia, AL.

April 24, 1862 - The batteries of Forts Jackson and St. Philip are successfully passed by Flag Officer Daniel Farragut's naval fleet, and after confronting the Confederate ram, CSS Manassas, moves on New Orleans, LA.

April 24, 1862 - Skirmish on the Corinth, MS, road.

April 24, 1862 - Skirmish at Lick Creek, TN.

April 24, 1862 - Skirmish on the Shelbyville Road, TN.

April 24, 1862 - Skirmish 9 miles from Harrisonburg, VA.

April 24, 1863 - Edward Augustus Wild, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.

April 24, 1863 - Federal operations against Indians in the Owen's River and adjacent valleys, CA, with captures, etc; one Indian tribe comes into Federal camp which had suffered severely from hunger and thirst amidst the severe winter cold, many of the women and children having died for want of water. (Apr 24-May 26)

April 24, 1863 - Federal expedition to Lake Saint Joseph, LA.

April 24, 1863 - Skirmishes at Garlandville and Birmingham, MS, with Col. Benjamin H. Grierson's, USA, Cavalry raid.

April 24, 1863 - Skirmish at Mill, or Middle, Creek Bridges, MO, Iron Mountain Railroad, near St. Louis, MO, with Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke, CSA.

April 24, 1863 - Skirmish on the Edenton Road, near Suffolk, VA.

April 24, 1863 - Skirmish in Gilmer County, WV.

April 24, 1864 - Battle of Marks' Mill - Confederates attack federals retreating to Little Rock.

April 24, 1864 - Affair near Decatur, AL, with Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, CSA.

April 24, 1864 - Skirmish near Camden, AR, the Camden (AR) Campaign.

April 24, 1864 - Federal scout from Ringgold to La Fayette, GA. (Apr 24-25)

April 24, 1864 - Skirmish at Pineville, LA.

April 24, 1864 - Skirmish near Middletown, VA; Rebels flee toward Winchester.

April 24, 1865 - General William T. Sherman [US] learns of President Johnson's rejection of his surrender terms to Joe Johnston. General Grant, who personally delivered the message, orders Sherman to commence operations against Johnson within 48 hours. Sherman is incensed but obeys orders.

April 24, 1865 - Skirmish near Boggy Depot, the Indian Territory, with retreating Confederates.

April 24, 1865 - The destruction of the Confederate steamer, CSS Webb, 25 miles below New Orleans, on the Mississippi River, LA, after being pursued by the Union gunboats Hollyhock and the Richmond.

April 24, 1865 - Col. Chester Harding, Jr, 43rd Missouri Infantry, assumes the command of the District of Central Missouri.

April 24, 1865 - Skirmish near Miami, MO, with bushwhackers; the Yankees report killing 7 of the 13 they encountered.

April 24, 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln's body lies in state in New York City, NY.


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April 24, 1864 - Skirmish at Pineville, LA.
Would that be the skirmish where Alexandria was burned? I always feel a bit of sadness when passing through/visting there...sadness at what might have been.