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What Happened in April

1861/04/04Gov. Fairbanks appointed a second fast day, setting the day apart for fasting and prayer 'that our Heavenly Father will avert from the us calamity of civil war and dispose the people to peace, and to the cultivation of a spirit of fraternal respect and forbearance.' (source: newspaper clipping of unknown origin)
1861/04/12Fort Sumter fired on by Confederate batteries -- the conflict begins. (NavHist)
1861/04/15The first Vermonter to volunteer his services for the War of the Rebellion, was George Jerrison Stannard of St. Albans, Colonel Fourth Regiment of Militia. (Peck)
1861/04/15Telegram: To His Excellency, Erastus Fairbanks, Governor of Vt.; Call made on you by tonight's mail for one regiment for immediate service. SIMON CAMERON, Secretary of War. (source: newspaper clipping of unknown origin)
1861/04/15President Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for Militia and Convening Congress. (Lincoln)
1861/04/19William H. Flint: Enlisted for 3 months in the first Vt. regt. in co. with Channcey Stanley then he and I went up to Leicester, Vt. there was a meeting last night held in town hall for the purpose of enlisting men in answer to a call for 75,000 men by President Lincoln. (Diary)
1861/04/19President Lincoln issued proclamation declaring blockade of Southern ports from South Carolina to Texas. (NavHist)
1861/04/20 Norfolk Navy Yard partially destroyed to prevent Yard facilities from falling into Confederate hands and abandoned by Union forces. (NavHist)
1861/04/27President Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus; West Virginia seceded from Virginia (Lincoln)
1861/04/29Thomas O. Seaver wrote to Governor Fairbanks, from Woodstock, requesting enlistment papers (Manuscripts)
1861/04/30Thomas A. Canfield, of Burlington, wrote to Governor Fairbanks inquiring about the need for nurses. (Manuscripts)
1862/04/022nd Regiment 'moved with the army up the peninsula, taking part in the fights at Young's Mills, Lee's Mills and Williamsburg, beside some skirmishing with the enemy.' (Peck)
1862/04/04USS Carondelet, Commander H. Walke, dashed past Confederate batteries on Island No. 10 to support Major General J. Pope's assault on the island. (NavHist)
1862/04/051st Battery arrived at Ship Island, LA (Dyer)
1862/04/07Island No. 10, vital to the Confederate defense of the upper Mississippi, surrendered to the naval forces of Flag Officer A. H. Foote. (NavHist)
1862/04/13After the army reached White House Landing, the Sixth Corps was formed, and the brigade was assigned as the Second Brigade of the Second Division, and remained in that organization until the end of the war. (Peck)
1862/04/14Commander Bissell, commanding USS Cyane, reported on an apparently abandoned scheme to fit out Confederate privateers in Valparaiso, Chile. (ORN)
1862/04/16Captain Samuel E. Pingree, Co. F, 3rd VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1862/04/16Drummer Julian A. Scott, Co. E, 3rd VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1862/04/16First Sergeant Edward A. Holton, Co. I, 6th VVI, , was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1862/04/171st Vt. Cav. 'charged through the little village of Mount Jackson and drove Ashby's cavalry for more than a mile to the North Fork of the Shenandoah, where the enemy set fire to the bridge, hoping to cut off further pursuit.' (Peck)
1862/04/18Casper H. Dean, 6th Regiment, wrote to his father about the battle of Lee's Mill, two days prior. (Correspondence)
1862/04/24Flag Officer D. G. Farragut's fleet ran past Forts Jackson and St. Philip, destroyed the defending Confederate flotilla below New Orleans, and, next day, compelled the surrender of the South's largest and wealthiest city. (NavHist)
1862/04/271st Vt. Cav. engaged at Port Republic, Va. (Battles)
1863/04/011st Vt. Cav. engaged at Broad Run, Va. (Battles)
1863/04/01Tabulated information prepared for the Secretary of the Navy by the fleet paymaster of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, revised for April, 1863, including USS South Carolina, Albert S. Kenny, Assistant Paymaster and USS Seneca, George W. Beaman, Assistant Paymaster. (ORN)
1863/04/01Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/02Acting Masters Mate Abram H. Hicks, USS Lockwood, was placed in charge of two boats loaded with ammunition to supply troops at Washington, N.C. 'The ammunition was safely delivered, and the boats returned 4 o'clock the next morning, having been fired upon with artillery and small arms from both sides of the river without effect. In performing this dangerous and arduous service, Acting Masters Mate Hicks had added to his already acquired reputation as a cool, trustworthy, and brave officer, and I recommend him to your favorable notice for promotion.' (ORN)
1863/04/03William Messenger, 3rd VVI, Co. A, wrote home to his sister (more)
1863/04/03Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/04J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Nothing has occurred of general interest during the past week, save the usual routine of camp and picket duty, there being plenty of that to perform. (more)
1863/04/04Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/05Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slocum, D.C. (more)
1863/04/05Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/06J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Another foot of snow this morning, and rail fences are getting scarce. I have often heard of the sunny South, and that the "sacred soil” of Virginia would be a lovely place on which to dwell, but I cannot see the point. (more)
1863/04/06Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slocum, D.C. (more)
1863/04/06Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/07Rear Admiral S. F. Du Pont's ironclad squadron engaged strong Confederate forts in Charleston harbor in an attempt to penetrate the defenses and capture the city. The ironclads were heavily damaged and the attack was broken off; USS Keokuk sank the next day. (NavHist)
1863/04/07Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/08J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: No battle with the "rebs” to record yet. The 14th is now the headquarters of the brigade. (more)
1863/04/08Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/09J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Nothing from Stuart yet. He has doubtless escaped at some other point. (more)
1863/04/09Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/10J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: The "grand Army of the Potomac” still inactive. How much longer shall the nation be kept in suspense, awaiting the movements of our armies? (more)
1863/04/10Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/11J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Day before yesterday was the day appointed by the President for the nation to fast, and I fear it was not strictly observed in camp, as far as abstaining from eating and drinking are concerned (more)
1863/04/11Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/128th Regiment at Bisland, LA (Dyer)
1863/04/12J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: The weather is again very fine this morning, and the brass band has been giving us some of its most beautiful pieces. (more)
1863/04/12Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/13J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: We have just received the sad intelligence of the death of Sergeant C. P. Taylor of Company B., who was left at Fairfax Station, sick with the measles, at the time of our move here. (more)
1863/04/13Commodore Henry W. Morris appointed Lieutenant George Dewey, late executive officer of the USS Mississippi, as prize commissioner for New Orleans, in order to sell at auction, 'all prize vessels and their cargoes which were remaining here or in this vicinity and which could not be sent to the North or Key West for adjudication. (ORN)
1863/04/13Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/14Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/15J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Orders have been received to be ready to take the field at a moment's notice, with seven days' rations. I will here remark, that we have never but once been without marching orders since being in the service. (more)
1863/04/15Rear Admiral Farragut to Captain Emmons: 'Upon the reporting of your relief, Lieutenant-Commander James E. Jouett, you will transfer to him the command of the USS R. R. Cuyler and you will proceed by the first Government vessel to Key West, Fla., and report yourself to the senior naval officer present there for the command of the US steam sloop Oneida, which vessel you will bring without delay to New Orleans, La., and report to me or Commodore Morris, whichever may be there in command. (ORN)
1863/04/15Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/16J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: It has been ascertained that the 14th numbers more men, fit for duty, than any other regiment in the brigade. (more)
1863/04/16Gunboats under Rear Admiral D. D. Porter escorting Army transports successfully passed the Vicksburg batteries preparatory to attacking Grand Gulf. (NavHist)
1863/04/17J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: We are no longer in the reserve corps for the defense of Washington, but will hereafter form a part of the army in the field. (more)
1863/04/18J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: No move yet, and mere conjecture where we shall go when we do move. (more)
1863/04/181st Battery participated in an expedition to Lake Pontchatrain until April 21. (Dyer)
1863/04/18Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/19J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Seven days' rations are still on hand, ready for a move. (more)
1863/04/19Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/20J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: How I wish Gen. Grant had the command of the Army of the Potomac, and would commit one of his blunders, and capture Richmond, together with thirty thousand prisoners. (more)
1863/04/20Chief Engineers Edward D. Robie and Alban C. Stimers, from the New York Navy Yard were involved with unsuccessful testing of the Ericsson raft, at Port Royal, S.C., which was invented 'for the purpose of carrying a torpedo to be used in blowing up obstructions,' the mechanism for attaching the raft to a vessel being faulty. (ORN)
1863/04/20Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/21J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Drilling as usual. The ground is now all settled, trees are in full blossom, and all nature has assumed a new attire (more)
1863/04/22J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Reveille at half past five in the morning, when the voice of the Orderly is heard -- fall in for roll call! (more)
1863/04/22Rear Admiral Farragut, above Port Hudson, to Acting Rear Admiral T. Bailey, Gulf of Mexico: 'I received your kind letter in relation to the Oneida, and I have sent Captain Emmons over to take command of her. (ORN)
1863/04/22Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/23J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Col. Stannard of the 9th Vt. is about to be promoted to a Brigadier, and to have command of this brigade. (more)
1863/04/23Rear Admiral Dupont complained about an article appearing in the Baltimore American on April 15, written by C. C. Fulton, regarding an attack by ironclads under his command against the forts at Charleston. The admiral indicated that Mr. Fulton, onboard the steamer Ericsson during the attack, provided inaccurate details on the action, and could 'certainly had the means for obtaining accurate information upon this point from Chief Engineer Robie, who was likewise quartered on board the Ericsson… This engineer, who was sent out by the Department in charge of the rafts and torpedoes, did not find it practicable to use the torpedo against the Keokuk, then lying hard aground, remote from other vessels, and undisturbed by any fire from the enemy. (ORN)
1863/04/23Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/24J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Plenty of drilling at present -- think we shall be well prepared for a march when the order comes. (more)
1863/04/24Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/25Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/26J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: The regiment is in good spirits to-day, ready for anything which may turn up in the line of marching or fighting. Liberty and justice are at stake. (more)
1863/04/26Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1863/04/27J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: The Paymaster is again in our camp, laden with "green backs" to pay us off. (more)
1863/04/28Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from White River Junction (more)
1863/04/28J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Recent circumstances indicate that the campaign is about to open, and much confidence is felt in Hooker, and that victory awaits our arms. (more)
1863/04/29J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Six long months have elapsed since I have enjoyed the pleasant associations of the family circle, and long for the time to come when I may be permitted to return to the joys of civil life. (more)
1863/04/30J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: About ten o'clock, firing was heard on the picket line, and soon the long roll-call was beaten, calling the men to arms. (more)
1863/04/31Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1864/04/027th Regiment at Nix's Clearing, Fla. (Dyer)
1864/04/08Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slemmer, D.C. (more)
1864/04/091st Battery at Pleasant Hill, LA (Dyer)
1864/04/10Lieutenant Commander Temple, Fleet Captain East Gulf Blockading Squadron, was ordered to take command of the USS San Jacinto in Key West, by Acting Rear Admiral T. Bailey. (ORN)
1864/04/1217th Regiment, Companies E, F and G, mustered in. (Dyer)
1864/04/14Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slemmer, D.C. (more)
1864/04/14Abstract log of USS Brooklyn: At 1 p.m. went into commission, Captain Alden assuming command, the following officers attached to the ship being present: Lieutenant Command Lull, executive officer… (ORN)
1864/04/1817th Regiment, Companies A through G, started for Alexandria, VA, arriving the 22nd. (Dyer)
1864/04/18Acting Master E. C. Healy, commanding US Schooner Beauregard, off St. Augustine, Fla., sent a gig and cutter in charge of Acting Ensign H. B. Colby into Matanzas Inlet, where he boarded and capture the English schooner Oramoneta, of Nassau, which was sent to St. Augustine for adjudication. (ORN)
1864/04/19CSS Albemarle, Commander J. W. Cooke, sank USS Southfield and forced the remainder of the Union squadron at Plymouth, North Carolina, to withdraw. Having gained control of the waterways in the area, the Confederates were able to capture Plymouth on 20 April. (NavHist)
1864/04/20Command Benjamin M. Dove, commanding Naval Station Beaufort, N.C., reported that, at the request of Colonel (Edwin H.) Ripley, he had sent a party of 60 sailors from the Grand Gulf and Cambridge to Fort Macon. He further indicated 'if the Ninth Vt. Regiment are driven in from Gales' Creek and Newport, on Bogue Sound, it will be necessary to send a strong party to man the intrenchments back of Morehead City for them to fall back on.' Two days later, Acting Rear Admiral Lee responded; 'I would remind you that the Navy has nothing to do with military affairs and arrangements. General Butler has the charge of such defensive and offensive operations, and I wish you to leave them entirely to him or the officers he may place in charge.' (ORN)
1864/04/22The Coinage Act of 1864 mandates that the inscription "In God We Trust" be placed on all coins minted as United States currency.
1864/04/231st Battery at Cane River, LA (Dyer)
1864/04/25Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slemmer, D.C. (more)
1864/04/25Sloan US General Hospital opened in Montpelier. Benedict)
1864/04/301st Battery at Alexandria, LA, until May 10. (Dyer)
1865/04/011st Vt. Cav. engaged at Five Forks, Va. (Battles)
1865/04/01Adjutant Eugene F. Ferris, 30th MA INF, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1865/04/01Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/02Charles Edward Phelps, 7th Maryland Inf., was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (MOH Page)
1865/04/02Sergeant Lester Gould Hack, 5th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (MOH Page)
1865/04/02Charles Gilbert Gould, 5th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (MOH Page)
1865/04/02The 3rd Battery fired the signal shot at 4 a.m. that initiated the final assault on Petersburg which was led by the 1st Vt. Brigade.. (Battles)
1865/04/02Captain Ira H. Evans, 116th U.S. Colored Troops, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (MOH Page)
1865/04/02Corporal Charles W. Dolloff, Co. K, 11th Inf., was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (MOH Page)
1865/04/02Major William J. Sperry, 6th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1865/04/02Sergeant Jackson Sargent, Co. D, 5th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (MOH Page)
1865/04/02Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/021st Lieutenant Gardner C. Hawkins, 3rd VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (MOH Page)
1865/04/031st Vt. Cav. engaged at Namozine Church, VA (Battles)
1865/04/03The 9th Regiment was among the first troops to enter the city of Richmond, Va. on the morning of its capture. (Peck)
1865/04/03Midshipmen at the Confederate Naval Academy, under the command of Lieutenant William H. Parker, escorted the archives of the government and the specie and bullion of the treasury from Richmond to Danville and southward. (NavHist)
1865/04/03Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/04Rear Admiral Porter accompanied President Lincoln up the James River to Richmond on board flagship Malvern. Vice Admiral David G. Farragut had already arrived in the Confederate capital. (NavHist)
1865/04/04Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/05Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/06Private Samuel E. Eddy, 37th Mass. Inf., was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1865/04/06The 2nd Regiment fired the last shot of the Sixth Army Corps, on the eastern fork of Sailor's Creek, VA (Peck)
1865/04/062nd Regiment was engaged or present at Sailor's Creek, Va. (Battles)
1865/04/06Major Charles P. Mattocks, 17th ME INF, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1865/04/06Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/07Commander Ed. T. Nichols, commanding USS Mendota, turned over command of Hampton Roads, to Commander Temple, USS Pontoosuc. (ORN)
1865/04/07Rear Admiral H. K. Thatcher, US Flagship Stockdale, in Mobile Bay, ordered 'two or more Marsilly gun carriages, with equipments and breechings, for use in Mobile Bay' from Captain Emmons, Senior Officer, New Orleans. (ORN)
1865/04/07Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/08Private George B. Dunn, Co. M, 1st Vt. Cav., was the last Vermonter killed in action, and First Lieutenant Willard Farrington, Co. L, 1st Vt. Cav., was the last Vermonter wounded in action. (Peck)
1865/04/08Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/091st Vt. Cav. engaged at Appomattox Court House, Va. (Battles)
1865/04/097th Regiment at Blakely, Ala. (Dyer)
1865/04/09Captain Henry C. Nichols, 73rd U.S. Colored Troops, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1865/04/09General Lee met General Grant at Appomattox Courthouse and formally surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia. (NavHist)
1865/04/09Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/09Union troops, led by skirmishers from the 9th VVI, enter Richmond
1865/04/10Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/11President Lincoln delivered his speech on Reconstruction; his last public speech. (Lincoln)
1865/04/11Batteries Tracy and Huger, up the Blakely River from Spanish Fort, fell to Union forces and Confederate troops evacuated Mobile, which was surrendered by the mayor. (NavHist)
1865/04/11Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/12Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/13President Lincoln hastily wrote out a brief pass for Alfred Burbank Darling (1821-1896), a native of Burke, Vt.. (Lincoln)
1865/04/13Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/137th Regiment in action at Whistler's Station, AL. (Dyer)
1865/04/14President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. (Lincoln)
1865/04/14Major Anderson, Commander of the Union Army garrison at Fort Sumter, surrendered, on 14 April 1861 (NavHist)
1865/04/14President Lincoln was shot shortly after 10 p.m. while watching 'Our American Cousin' at Ford's Theatre, Washington. He died at 7:22 a.m. the next morning. (NavHist)
1865/04/14Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/14President Lincoln is shot by Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater
1865/04/15The 8th Regiment was ordered to Washington and posted about the City to prevent the escape of the assassin of President Lincoln (Peck)
1865/04/15Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/15President Lincoln died at Peterson House, across the street from Ford's Theater.
1865/04/16Sergeant Norman F. Bates, Co. E, 4th IA CAV, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1865/04/16Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/17Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/18Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/19Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/197th Regiment moved to McIntosh Bluff on the Tombigee River, where they stayed until 9 May. (Dyer)
1865/04/20Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/21Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/22Abstract log of USS Richmond: Captain Theodore P. Greene: In Mobile Bay and to sea. (ORN)
1865/04/22Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/23CSS Webb, Lieutenant Read, dashed from the Red River and entered the Mississippi in a heroic last-ditch effort to escape to sea. Trapped below New Orleans, Webb was grounded and fired to avoid capture. (NavHist)
1865/04/23Abstract log of USS Richmond: Captain Theodore P. Greene: Crossed the bar at South West Pass and stood up the Mississippi River and anchored above Quarantine. (ORN)
1865/04/23Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/24Lieutenant Commander Temple, USS Pontoosuc at Hampton Roads, Virginia, ordered the steamer Osceola, Lieutenant John Weidman, to proceed to Pocomoke Sound, on the eastern shore of Virginia, in search of the President's assassin. (ORN)
1865/04/24Abstract log of USS Lackawanna, Captain Emmons: Off New Orleans, La.: 'At 9 a.m. received information of a rebel ram coming down the river. Cleared away battery and loaded with solid shot. At 12:30 p.m. rebel ram William H. Webb came down the river. Opened on her with solid shot, four of which struck. Ossipee, Pembina, and Port Royal also opened fire on her. Hollyhock and Florida went in pursuit. At 3:45 p.m. the Ouachita (tinclad), of Admiral Lee's fleet, came down the river, reporting the William H. Webb having passed, and was ordered down in chase, though three and one-half hours astern of her. At 7 p.m. Hollyhock and Florida returned, announcing the burning and destruction of the William H. Webb. (ORN)
1865/04/24Abstract log of USS Richmond: Captain Greene: Anchored to repair engine at 12:30 p.m. At 2 p.m. a suspicious looking side-wheel steamer, with no colors, came in sight around a point on our starboard bow. Seeing this vessel, stranger, put back behind the point and fired three guns. Went to general quarters. Strange steamer was then run on shore, set on fire, and abandoned. Proved to be the rebel ram William H. Webb. Steamer Hollyhock came down the river; spoke us and informed us that the Webb ran out of Red River last night, passing through our fleet at the mouth of that river and at New Orleans without injury. At 4:25 p.m. the Webb blew up. Picked up 11 bales of floating cotton. (ORN)
1865/04/24Acting Rear Admiral H. K. Thatcher to Major General Banks: 'I have ordered Captain Emmons, senior naval officer afloat here, to prepare every available gun in the fleet now here for immediate service and to bring them to bear on that point of the river by which a vessel coming down the river can reach this port. I have none but wooden vessels here and such as come to port for repairs, except the steam sloop Richmond, Captain Greene, now bound up river from Mobile Bay, with a battery of twenty-two X-inch guns. (ORN)
1865/04/24Lieutenant Commander Lull, USS Tennessee, was aboard a tug at 1:30 a.m., headed south to deliver dispatches to General Canby when he was passed by the rebel ram William H. Webb. Lull came alongside USS General Price, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant William R. Wells, to relay the information. They tried until 9 a.m. to telegraph the intelligence to New Orleans, without success, as lines on the east side of the river at Plaquemine and Donaldsonville had been cut. (ORN)
1865/04/24Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/25Abstract log of USS Lackawanna, Captain Emmons: Off New Orleans, La.: Sent men aboard Hollyhock to wreck the William H. Webb. At 8 p.m. Hollyhock returned with wrecking party and six prisoners, who were transferred to the Richmond. (ORN)
1865/04/25Abstract log of USS Richmond, Captain Theodore P. Greene: 8 to midnight: The following officers, belonging to the rebel ram Webb, were brought on board from the Lackawanna; Lieutenant C. W. Read, commanding ram; Lieutenant W. H. Wall, Master S. P. Blanc, Passed Midshipman H. H. Scott, Assistant Surgeon W. J. Addison, Pilot James West. (ORN)
1865/04/25Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/26John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's assassin, is captured and killed by Cavalryman Boston Corbett
1865/04/26Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/27The steamboat Sultana, carrying 2,300 passengers, explodes and sinks in the Mississippi River, killing 1,700, most of whom were Union survivors of Andersonville prison
1865/04/27The body of John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln's assassin, was delivered on board USS Montauk, anchored in the Anacostia River off the Washington Navy Yard. (NavHist)
1865/04/27Abstract log of USS Richmond, Captain Greene: Sent rebel prisoners to Florida for passage North. Florida stood down river. (ORN)
1865/04/27Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/28Lieutenant Commander Lull, USS Tennessee, commanding, pro tem., Third Division Mississippi Squadron, forwarded reports in regard to the escape of the rebel ram William H. Webb from USS Manhattan and USS Tennessee, to Lieutenant Commander Edward C. Grafton, Commanding Third District Mississippi Squadron. (ORN)
1865/04/28Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/29Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
1865/04/30Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)
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