04/25, April 25th In Civil War History


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

April 25, 1846 - United States troops, sent to the disputed portion of the Texas border to provoke an incident, are attacked by Mexican troops, precipitating the Mexican-American War.

April 25, 1861 - New York's 7th Regiment arrives in Washington, having gone around Baltimore by boat.

April 25, 1861 - In a daring nighttime operation Illinois troops steam from Alton to St. Louis and remove 10,000 muskets with the help of federal troops in the armory.

April 25, 1861 - General Edwin Vose Sumner relieves Albert Sidney Johnston as Commander, Department of the Pacific

April 25, 1861 - The publication of the Honorable William G. Brownlow's editorial, in the Knoxville, TN, Whig, "Murder will out," upon which his arrest is based by CSA officials.

April 25, 1861 - President Abraham Lincoln attends the funeral for Col. Elmer Ellsworth, after Ellsworth lay in state at the White House.

April 25, 1862 - After a duel with Confederate ships at English Turn, Commodore Farragut's fleet weighs anchor at New Orleans and demands the surrender of the largest city and most important port in the South.
By the time Farragut arrives the city was partially on fire.

April 25, 1862 - George Thomas (US) promoted to major general

April 25, 1862 - General John C. Parke [US] bombards Fort Macon, near Beaufort, SC, following a month-long siege of the fort. Colonel Moses White had no choice but to surrender.

April 25, 1862 - Call is made by the US Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, for all Volunteers and Militia in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin.

April 25, 1862 - Operations about Miami and Waverly, MO, and skirmish, with Rebels. (May 25-28)

April 25, 1862 - Affair between James and Dixon's Islands, SC, with damage to the steamer, Chesterfield.

April 25, 1862 - Federal expedition from Bottom's Bridge to the James River, VA, by Lieut. Frank C. Davis, 3rd PA Cavalry. (May 25-26)

April 25, 1862 - Engagement at Winchester, VA, as Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks', USA, men are routed by Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson, CSA, and retreat toward Harper's Ferry, WV.

April 25, 1863 - John Stevens Bowen, C.S.A., is appointed Maj. Gen.

April 25, 1863 - Skirmish at Folk's Plantation, near Helena, AR.

April 25, 1863 - The capture of two Union vessels off the coast of Bahia, Brazil, by the Confederate warship, the CSS Alabama.

April 25, 1863 - The capture of the Confederate steamers, the Red Chief and the Starlight, on the Mississippi River, LA.

April 25, 1863 - Skirmish at Centreville, LA.

April 25, 1863 - Skirmish at Thompson's Creek, LA.

April 25, 1863 - Skirmish near Woodbury, TN.

April 25, 1864 - Skirmish at Buck Horn, AR, with Brig. Gen. Joseph 0. Shelby, CSA.

April 25, 1864 - Skirmish near Camp Finegan, FL, as Col. Robert Shaw, with 300 colored and 100 white soldiers is ordered to move toward Baldwin.

April 25, 1864 - Affair at Jackson's Bridge, near Pensacola, FL, with Rebel Cavalry.

April 25, 1864 - Operations on the line of Pumpkin Vine Creek, with combats at New Hope Church, Pickett's Mills, and other points, GA, as Lieut. Gen. John Bell Hood, CSA, repels multiple attacks by Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker, USA, about 25 miles from Atlanta, GA. (May 25-Jun 5)

April 25, 1864 - The capture of the Union steamers, USS Lebanon and the USS Clara Eames, Mississippi River, MS, by Col. Colton Greene, CSA.

April 25, 1864 - The engagement with the US steamer, Curlew, on the Mississippi River, MS, by Col. Colton Greene, CSA.

April 25, 1864 - Federal expedition from Fort Wingate, the New Mexico Territory, to the Gila and San Carlos Rivers, the Arizona Territory, with skirmishes with Apache Indians (June 7 & 8) on the San Carlos River. The Federals surround a large party of Apaches who claim they are peaceful, having signed a peace treaty with the white men. The Federals refuse to accept their word of any treaty and demand they surrender and come with them to a reservation. The Apaches try to flee, whereupon the Yankees fire upon them, instantly killing 15 Indians; the Indians scatter into the mountains, the Federals pursuing. (May 25-Jul 13)

April 25, 1864 - Skirmish near Cripple Creek, on the Woodbury Pike, TN, as the Rebels flee into the cedar woods, in the vicinity of Shelbyville.

April 25, 1865 - Francis Channing Barlow, U.S.A., is appointed Maj. Gen.

April 25, 1865 - The unintentional explosion of the Confederate ordnance depot at Mobile, AL, which cause $ 5,000,000 in damages to buildings, boats, etc. 20 tons of gunpowder causes approximately 300 casualties.

April 25, 1862 - Federal expedition from Bayou Boeuf to Bayou De Large, LA, with affair (May 27) at Bayou De Large, as the Yankees surprise the camp of 11 Confederates behind J. Terrion's plantation, capturing all of their weapons and provisions, as the Rebels fled into the woods. (May 25-27)

April 25, 1865 - Federal expedition from Fort Ruby to the Humboldt Valley, Nevada, with skirmish (May 29) near Austin, Nevada, with the Pi-Ute and Bannock Indians who were committing deprivations against ranchers' livestock, about Austin, Grass Valley and in the Reese River Valley. (May 25-Jun 15)