On This Day

What Happened on April 18, 1861

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Colonel Robert E. Lee turns down offer to command Union armies (US Civil War)

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee

Famous Deaths

  • August Neithardt, German composer, dies at 67
1861 Highlights

About April 18, 1861

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 159 years, 2 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Aries