What Happened in April 1864

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 Skirmish at Crump's Hill (Piney Woods), Louisiana
  • Apr 2 Skirmish at Spoonville/Antoine, Arkansas
  • Apr 3 Skirmish at Okolona, Arkansas
  • Apr 4 Skirmish at Elkin's Ford (Little Missouri River), Arkansas
  • Apr 8 Battle of Mansfield, La; Federals routed by Gen Richard Taylor
  • Apr 9 Battle of Pleasant Hill LA, 2870 casualities
  • Apr 9 Union surgeon Mary Edwards Walker is captured by Confederate troops and arrested as a spy during US Civil War.

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Apr 10 Austrian Archduke Maximilian becomes Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico

Emperor of Mexico Maximilian I
Emperor of Mexico
Maximilian I
  • Apr 12 Battle of Blair's Landing LA

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Apr 12 Confederate Gen Nathan Bedford Forrest captures Fort Pillow, Tn

Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest
Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard
Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • Apr 15 General Steeles' Union troops occupies Camden, Arkansas
  • Apr 17 Battle of Plymouth, NC
  • Apr 17 Bread revolt in Savannah, Georgia
  • Apr 17 Grant suspends prisoner-of-war exchanges
  • Apr 18 Battle of Poison Springs, AR (Camden Expedition)
  • Apr 22 US mints 2 cent coin (1st appearance of "In God We Trust")
  • Apr 23 Battle of Cane River, LA (Red River Expedition, Monett's Ferry)
  • Apr 25 Battle of Marks' Mill, Arkansas (Camden Expedition)
  • Apr 29 -30] Skirmish at Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas
  • Apr 29 The Theta Xi fraternity is founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
  • Apr 29 Battle of Gate Pa (Pukehinahina): 1,700 British troops suffer their worst defeat of the New Zealand Wars at the hands of 230 entrenched Maori warriors in Tauranga
  • Apr 30 Battle of Jenkin's Ferry, Arkansas; Gen W R Scurry is killed
  • Apr 30 New York becomes 1st state to charge a hunting license fee

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Marie Jungius, Dutch fairy tale writer
  • Apr 9 Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti, English electrical Engineer and Inventor, born in Liverpool, England
  • Apr 10 Eugene Francis Charles D'Albert, German pianist/composer (Golem)
  • Apr 10 Tully Marshall, Nevada City CA
  • Apr 18 Richard Harding Davis, American journalist and author (Soldiers of Fortune, The King's Jackal), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1916)
  • Apr 21 Max Weber, German sociologist/economist/historian (Ancient Judaism)
  • Apr 22 Phil May, Wortley Yorkshire, cartoonist
  • Apr 24 George AA Alting van Geusau, dir-gen (PTT)/Dutch Min of War (1918-20)
  • Apr 28 William F A Ellison, Irish clergyman/director (Armagh Observatory)
  • Apr 30 Frans Netscher, Dutch writer/journalist (Studies of nude model)
  • Apr 30 Juhan Liiv, Estonian poet (d. 1913)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 4 Joseph Pitty Couthouy, American naval officer (b. 1808)
  • Apr 12 Thomas Green, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 50
  • Apr 13 Johann Schneider, German composer and organist, dies at 74
  • Apr 22 Joseph Gilbert Totten, US Union general-major, dies at 76
  • Apr 29 Charles-Julien Brianchon, math (Brianchon's theorem), dies at 80

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Apr 29 Abraham Gesner, Canadian geologist (inventor of kerosene), dies at 66

Physician and Geologist Abraham Gesner
Physician and Geologist
Abraham Gesner