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On This Day - 160 Years Ago (More ...)

Friday April 19 1861
  • The conflict between the US troops, the 6th MA, and the 26th PA, en route to Washington DC, and the angry mob in Baltimore, MD, resulting in over 40 casualties.
  • Maj. Gen. Robert Patterson, PA Militia, is assigned to the command over the States of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Saturday April 19 1862
  • Skirmish at Talbot's Ferry, near Yellville, AR, with the Federal destruction of Confederate saltworks.
  • Engagement at South Mills, or Camden, Camden County, NC, with Brig. Gen. Jesse L. Reno, USA, under Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, USA, and Maj. Gen. Benjamin Huger, CSA.
  • Skirmish on the Trent Road, NC.
  • Brig. Gen. Rufus Saxton, USA, is assigned to special duty in the Dept. of the South, SC.
  • Skirmish on Edisto Island, SC.
  • Skirmish on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River, near Luray, VA.
  • Federal occupation of Sparta, VA, by Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, USA.
Sunday April 19 1863
  • Skirmish at Dickson Station, AL.
  • Skirmish at Celina, KY, with the rout of the Confederates, destruction of their camp and capture of 100,000 Ibs. of bacon, as well as other provisions.
  • Skirmish at Creelsborough, KY.
  • Skirmish at Pontotoc, MS, with Col. Benjamin H. Grierson, USA.
  • Federal scout near Neosho, MO, and skirmish with bushwackers. (Apr 19-20)
  • Skirmish at Big Swift Creek, NC, with Maj. Gen. D.H. Hill, CSA.
  • Skirmish at Trenton, TN.
  • The Federal capture of Battery Huger, Hill's Point, on the Nansemond River, near Suffolk, VA.
  • President Abraham Lincoln travels with Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, USA, and Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton to Aquia Creek on a military fact finding mission.
Tuesday April 19 1864
  • Confederate operations against Unionists in Marion County, AL, as the Texas Cavalry captures a good many Union conscripts and Rebel deserters.
  • Skirmish on King's River, AR. The Yankees lose a small wagon train and men. The Rebels lose a good many more men.
  • Federal expedition up the Yazoo River, MS, with skirmishes at and near Mechanicsburg, with the capture of the US gun-boat, Petrel (or Gunboat No. 5); Gunboat No. 11 (or Prairie Bird) also participating in the expedition. (Apr 19-23)
  • Skirmishes near Charleston, MO, with guerrillas. (Apr 19-20)
  • The Union blockade ship, the USS Southfield, is rammed and sunk by the Confederate ram, the CSS Albemarle, off the coast of Plymouth, NC. The USS Miami is disabled.
  • Skirmishes at Waterhouse's Mill and Boiling Springs, TN, with Union pickets repelling Confederate Cavalry strikes. (Apr 19-20)
  • Affair at Leesburg, VA, with Lieut. Col. John S. Mosby, CSA; as usual, some Union men meet with death as Mosby interrupts a Union wedding party celebration taking place, leaving greetings for the Federal troops with the Pro-Union citizens living in the area.
  • Affair at Marling's Bottom, Pocahontas County, WV. The routed Federals flee toward Beverly, WV.
Wednesday April 19 1865
  • The Confederate Districts of Arkansas and West Louisiana are consolidated to form the District of Arkansas and West Louisiana, and Lieut. Gen. Simon B. Buckner, CSA, is assigned to its command.
  • Skirmish near Barnesville, GA, with Brig. Gen. James H. Wilson, USA, and his Union Cavalry.
  • Federal expedition from Terre Bonne to Pelton's Plantation and Grand Cailou, LA, in search of Confederates. (Apr 19-25)
  • The negotiations for the surrender of the Confederate forces in the Trans-Mississippi Dept., that are commanded by Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, CSA, are presented by Maj. Gen. John Pope, USA, commanding the Military Division of the Missori. (Apr 19-May 27)
  • Federal expedition with the 3rd US Colored Infantry, from Memphis, TN, aboard the steamers, Sallie List, Dove, and Pocahontas, to Brownsville, MS. The area is infested with insects as 8 horses die from buffalo gnats. (Apr 19-23)
  • President Jefferson Davis and his fleeing entourage arrive at Charlotte, NC.
  • Maj. Gen. Lewis Wallace, USA, resumes the command of the Middle Dept. VA.
  • The Military Division of the James is organized, to consist of the Dept. of Virginia and such parts of North Carolina not occupied by the command of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, and Maj. Henry W. Halleck, USA, is assigned to its command.
  • A funeral procession removes President Abraham Lincoln's remains to be shown at the Rotunda of the Capitol.

On This Day information kindly provided by Martin Cross, 2nd U.S. Artillery, Bty B.

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