Historical Events in April 1865

  • Apr 1 -9] Battle at Blakely Alabama
  • Apr 1 Battle of 5 Forks Virginia, signalling end of Lee's army
  • Apr 2 Battle of Petersburg ends as the Army of Northern Virginia is forced to retreat under heavy fire from a general Union offensive

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Apr 2 Confederate President Jefferson Davis flees Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia (US Civil War)

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • Apr 2 Battle of Ft Blakely AL & Selma AL
  • Apr 3 Battle at Namozine Church, Virginia (Appomattox Campaign)
  • Apr 3 Union forces occupy Confederate capital of Richmond & Petersberg, Virginia
  • Apr 4 Lee's army arrives at Amelia Courthouse
  • Apr 5 Battle at Amelia Springs/Jetersville Va (Appomattox Campaign)
  • Apr 6 Battle of Sayler's Creek, fought near Farmville, Virginia (Appomattox Campaign), 1/4 of Lee's army cut off, Union victory (US Civil War)
  • Apr 6 Battle of High Bridge, fought near Farmville, Virginia (Appomattox Campaign), inconclusive result (US Civil War)
  • Apr 7 Battle of Farmville VA

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Apr 9 Confederate General Robert E Lee and 26,765 troops surrender at Appomattox Court House to US Lieutenant General Ulysses S Grant (US Civil War)

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • Apr 10 At Appomattox, General Robert E. Lee issues Gen Order #9, his last
  • Apr 11 Battle of Mobile, AL - evacuated by Confederates

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Apr 11 Abraham Lincoln urges a spirit of generous conciliation during reconstruction

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • Apr 13 Raleigh, North Carolina, captured by Union forces
  • Apr 14 Mobile, Alabama is captured

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Apr 14 U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and his family are attacked in his home by Lewis Powell.

US Secretary of State William H. Seward
US Secretary of State
William H. Seward

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Apr 15 Otto von Bismarck elevated to rank of Count of Bismarck-Schönhausen

German Statesman Otto von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto von Bismarck
  • Apr 15 Abraham Lincoln dies 9 hours after he is shot attending the play "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre in Washington
  • Apr 16 Battle of Columbus & West Point, GA (Ft Tyler)
  • Apr 17 Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in Lincoln's assassination

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Apr 18 Confederate Gen Johnson surrendered to General William T. Sherman in North Carolina

  • Apr 20 Chicago's Crosby Opera House opens
  • Apr 21 Abraham Lincoln's funeral train leaves Washington
  • Apr 24 Fire alarm & police telegraph system put into operation (SF)
  • Apr 26 Battle of Durham Station, NC (Greensboro)
  • Apr 26 Battle of Ft Tobacco, VA
  • Apr 26 Confederate Gen J E Johnston surrenders Army of Tenn, at Durham NC
  • Apr 27 Cornell University (Ithaca NY) is chartered
  • Apr 27 Steamboat "SS Sultana" explodes in the Mississippi River, killing up to 1,800 of the 2,427 passengers in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. Most were paroled Union POWs on their way home.
  • Apr 28 Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "L'Africaine" premieres in Paris