April 26 In Civil War History

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April 26 Birthdays

1826 - George Hull Ward, American general and Union officer in the American Civil War, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1863)
1826 - Ambrose R. Wright, American Civil War General, born in Louisville, Georgia (d. 1872)
1827 - Charles Edward Hovey, American lobbyist and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Thetford, Vermont (d. 1897)
1839 - Cyrus Hamblin, American attorney, politician, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Hampden, Maine (d. 1867)

April 26 Antebellum Events

1809 - Britain declares any country who trades with Napoleonic France to be non-neutral.
1854 - Emory Washburn signs legislation recognizing the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Company. It founded by Eli Thayer, Alexander H. Bullock and Edward Everett Hale.
1859 - Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity - 1st time this defense used successfully in the US.

Friday April 26 1861
  • No events on this date.
Saturday April 26 1862
  • Leonard Fulton Ross, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Alfred Howe Terry, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Skirmishes on the Eel River and near Fort Baker, CA.
  • Skirmish at Neosho, MO, with Confederate aligned Choctaw, Chickasaw and Cherokee Indians.
  • Skirmish at Turnback Creek, MO.
  • Skirmish at Arkins' Mill, TN.
  • Confederate scout on the Forked Deer River, TN.
  • Skirmish at the Gordonsville and Keezletown Cross-Roads, VA, in front of Yorktown, VA.
Sunday April 26 1863
  • Arthur Middleton Manigault, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Col. Abel D. Streight's, USA, Cavalry raid from Tuscumbia, AL, toward Rome, GA. (Apr 26-MAy 5)
  • Federal expedition to Celina, KY. (Apr 26-29)
  • Federal expedition to Monticello, KY, and operations in Southeastern Kentucky. (Apr 26-May 12)
  • Federal expedition from Opelousas toward Niblett's Bluff, LA. (Apr 26-29)
  • Affair at Altamont, MD, with Brig. Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jores, CSA.
  • Affair at Cranberry Summit, MD, with Brig. Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones, CSA.
  • Skirmish at Oakland, MD, with Brig. Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones, CSA.
  • Action at Cape Girardeau, MO, where Brig. Gen. John McNeil, USA repels Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke's, CSA, forces.
  • Skirmish at Independence, MO.
  • Skirmish near Jackson, MO, with Brig. Gen. John S.Marmaduke, CSA.
  • Affair near College Grove, TN, with Rebel cavalry.
  • Engagement at Duck River Island, or Little Rock Landing, TN, where the Texas Rangers are repelled.
  • Skirmish at Oak Grove, VA.
  • Skirmish at Burlington, WV.
  • Skirmish at Portland, WV.
  • Skirmish at Rowlesburg, WV, with Brig. Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones, CSA.
Tuesday April 26 1864
  • Hiram Burnham, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Maj. Gen. Frederick Steele, USA, retreats from Camden, AR, unable to joinup with Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, USA, the Camden (AR) Campaign.
  • Skirmish near Little Rock, AR.
  • Federal expedition from Jacksonville to Lake Monroe, FL, where Brig. Gen. William Birney, commanding the District of Florida reports the seizure of two blockade runners, Fannie and Shell, in addition to cotton, 400 head of cattle, etc. (Apr 26-May 6)
  • Skirmishes about Alexandria, LA, as Union troops from the Red River Campaign continue to return here. (Apr 26-May 13)
  • Skirmish at Bayou Rapides Bridge, near McNutt's Hill, LA, the Red River (LA) Campaign.
  • Skirmish at Berwick, LA.
  • Engagement at the junction of the Cane and Red Rivers, LA, the Red River (LA) Campaign. (Apr 26-27)
  • Engagement at Deloach's Bluff, LA, and the destruction of the Union ironclad, Eastport, the disabling of the ironclad, Cricket, and the explosion of the Union vessel, Champion 3, the Red River (LA) Campaign.
  • Skirmish in Wayne County, MO.
  • The Federals evacuate Washington, NC, due to the capture of Plymouth, NC, by the Confederate forces. (Apr 26-30)
  • Affair at Winchester, VA.
Wednesday April 26 1865
  • La Fayette Curry Baker, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Federal scout from Little Rock to the Saline River, AR. (Apr 26-29)
  • Affair near Fort Rice, the Dakota Territory, with either Cheyenne or Platte Indians, as the Indians attack and kill some of the Yankees herding horses toward Fort Rice.
  • THE SURRENDER OF THE CONFEDERATE ARMY IN NORTH CAROLINA AT BENNETT'S HOUSE. NEAR DURHAMIS STATION. NC. by Gen. Joseph Eggleston Johnston. CSA. to Lieut. Gen. Ulysses Simpson Grant, accompanied by Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. USA, this time the terms are the same as those given Gen. Robert E. Lee. CSA.
  • President Jefferson Davis and his entourage sets out from Charlotee, NC, headed for the territory west of the Mississippi to carry on the struggle for Southern independence. Secretary of the Treasury, G.A. Trenholm, resigns due to poor health and will be replaced by Postmaster General Regan.
  • Federal operations in the Shenandoah Valley, VA, including shots fired by a small band of guerrillas at the Federals (Apr 26), and the refusal of Col. Thompson, CSA, and his Jackson's Confederate Cavalry command of about 100 to accept terms of surrender. They disband into the hills around the Shenandoah Valley. (Apr 26-May 5)
  • John Wilkes Booth and David E. Herold are captured at Richard H. Garrett's Farm, near Port Royal, and north of Bowling Green, VA, where Booth is mortally wounded.