On This Day

Historical Events in April 1863

  • Apr 1 1st wartime conscription law in US goes into effect
  • Apr 2 Bread revolt in Richmond, Virginia
  • Apr 7 Battle of Charleston, South Carolina failed Federal fleet attack on Fort Sumter
  • Apr 10 Confederate General Earl Van Dorn attacks at Franklin, Tennessee
  • Apr 11 Battle of Suffolk, Virginia (Norfleet House)
  • Apr 12 -14] Gunboat battle at Bayou Teche, Louisiana
  • Apr 13 Battle of Irish Bend, Louisiana (Fort Bisland)
  • Apr 13 Society for the Relief of the Ruptured and Crippled is incorporated in the State of New York
  • Apr 14 William Bullock patents continuous-roll printing press
  • Apr 17 Grierson's raid begins as Colonel Grierson and 1700 horse troopers set off from La Grange, Tennessee
  • Apr 19 Union troops and fleet occupy For Huger, Virginia
  • Apr 21 Bahá'u'lláh, founder of the Bahá'í Faith, enters garden of Rivden near Baghdad. He makes his declaration as a Messenger of God during the 12 days spent there
  • Apr 24 Skirmish at Okolona and Birmingham, Mississippi (Grierson's Raid)
  • Apr 27 Battle of Streight's raid: Tuscumbia to Cedar Bluff, AL
  • Apr 29 Battle of Grand Gulf, Mississippi: Union navy ironclad warships attack Confederate fortifications

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Apr 30 Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia: In a major victory General Robert E. Lee's troops defeat larger Army of the Potomac under Major General Joseph Hooker, Stonewall Jackson is fatally wounded

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Apr 30 -5/1] Battle of Snyder's Bluff, Virginia (part of the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War): General Sherman beaten by Confederate forces

  • Apr 30 Mexican forces attacked the French Foreign Legion in Hacienda Camarón, Mexico.