Historical Events in April 1862

  • 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 Confederates surrender Ft Pulaski, Georgia
  • 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 First pasteurization test 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