What Happened in April 1862

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Shenandoah Valley campaign, Jackson's Battle of Woodstock, VA
  • Apr 4 Battle of Yorktown (US Civil War) begins
  • Apr 4 US begins Peninsular Campaign aimed at capturing Richmond during US Civil War
  • Apr 5 Siege of Yorktown Virginia, begins by Army of the Potomac (US Civil War)
  • Apr 6 Battle of Shiloh, Union defeats Confederacy in SW Tennessee
  • Apr 7 Grant defeats Confederates at Battle of Shiloh, Tenn, Island #10 falls
  • Apr 8 John D Lynde patents aerosol dispenser
  • Apr 11 Rebels surrender Ft Pulaski, Georgia-Rebels surrender
  • Apr 12 James Andrews steals Confederate train (General) at Kennesaw, GA
  • Apr 12 Union troops occupy Fort Pulaski Georgia
  • Apr 14 Battle of Ft Pillow TN
  • Apr 16 Slavery abolished in District of Columbia
  • Apr 16 American Confederate Congress approves conscription act for all white males (18-35 years)
  • Apr 18 Battle of Ft Jackson, Ft St Philip & New Orlean's, LA

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Apr 20 The first pasteurization test is completed by Frenchmen Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard.

Bacteriologist Louis Pasteur
Louis Pasteur
  • Apr 21 Congress establishes US Mint in Denver, Colorodo
  • Apr 21 Ellen Price Wood's "East Lynne" premieres in Boston

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Apr 25 Capture of New Orleans LA by the Union under Flag Officer Farragut

US Civil War Admiral David Farragut
US Civil War Admiral
David Farragut
  • Apr 29 100,000 federal troops prepare to march into Corinth, Miss
  • Apr 29 New Orleans falls to Union forces during US Civil War
  • Apr 30 Swift Run Gap, WV skirmishes

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Nicholas Murray Butler, US, Columbia University pres/pacifist (Nobel 1931)
  • Apr 5 Louis Ganne, French composer, born in Buxières-les-Mines (d. 1923)
  • Apr 11 Charles Evans Hughs, 11th Chief Justice of Supreme Court (1930-41)
  • Apr 11 William W Campbell, US astronomer/director Lick Observatory
  • Apr 14 Pyotr A Stolypin, premier Russia (1906-11)
  • Apr 25 Edward Grey, English viscount of Fallodon/minister of Foreign affairs
  • Apr 29 Vittorio Mario Vanzo, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 James Clark Ross, Arctic explorer, dies
  • Apr 4 Harmen S Sytstra, Dutch poet/editor (Iduna), dies at 45
  • Apr 6 Adley Hogan Gladden, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 51
  • Apr 6 Albert Sidney Johnston, US Confederate general, dies in battle at 59
  • Apr 7 Sydney Nelson, composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 9 George W Johnson, US planter/Confederate (gov-Ky), dies at about 50
  • Apr 10 William Harvey Lamb Wallace, US lawyer/brig-general, dies at 40
  • Apr 19 Louis Powell Harvey, US governor of Wisconsin, drowns
  • Apr 19 Simon Fraser, Canadian explorer, dies
  • Apr 25 Charles Ferguson Smith, US Union Gen-Maj, dies of infection at 55