Historical Events in April 1862

  • Apr 1 Shenandoah Valley campaign, Jackson's Battle of Woodstock, Virginia
  • Apr 4 Peninsular Campaign, launched in southeastern Virginia, aimed at capturing Richmond during US Civil War begins, Confederate victory (US Civil War)
  • Apr 4 Siege of Yorktown, fought in York County and Newport News, Virginia begins (Yorktown campaign), inconclusive result (US Civil War)
  • Apr 5 Siege of Yorktown, fought in York County and Newport News, Virginia ends (Yorktown campaign), inconclusive result (US Civil War)
  • Apr 6 Battle of Shiloh, Union defeats Confederacy near Pittsburg Landing, 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 at Fort Pulaski, Georgia
  • Apr 12 James Andrews steals Confederate train (General) at Kennesaw, Georgia
  • Apr 12 Union troops occupy Fort Pulaski, Georgia
  • Apr 14 Battle of Fort Pillow, Tennessee

Historic Event

Apr 15 American poet Emily Dickinson first corresponds with author and future literary mentor Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a relationship that lasts the rest of her life

  • Apr 16 American Confederate Congress approves conscription act for all white males (18-35 years)
  • Apr 16 Slavery abolished in District of Columbia
  • Apr 18 Battle of Fort Jackson, Fort St Philip & New Orlean's, Louisiana

Historic Event

Apr 20 First pasteurization test completed by Frenchmen Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard

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

Historic Event

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

  • Apr 29 100,000 federal troops prepare to march into Corinth, Mississippi
  • Apr 29 New Orleans falls to Union forces during US Civil War
  • Apr 30 Swift Run Gap skirmishes in West Virginia