Wednesday, April 26, 1865

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Army Events:

Surrender: Bennett's House, NC April 26, 1865
Campaign: Campaign of the Carolinas January 1 - April 26, 1865
Operations: Canyon City Road, OR January 1 - November 30, 1865
Campaign: Carolinas, Campaign of the January 1 - April 26, 1865
Scout: Dakota City, Nebraska Territory April 22 - 27, 1865
Expedition to: Danville, VA April 23 - 29, 1865
Surrender: Durham Station, NC April 26, 1865
Expedition from: Eastern Tennessee March 20 - April 27, 1865
Operation: Fort Laramie, Nebraska Territory April 1 - May 27, 1865
Affair: Fort Rice, Dakota Territory April 26, 1865
Affair: Garrett's Farm, VA April 26, 1865
Expedition to: Georgetown, GA April 17 - 30, 1865
Scouts: Licking, MO April 1 - 30, 1865
Scout: Middle Boy River, Nebraska Territory April 22 - 27, 1865
Campaign: Mobile, AL March 17 - May 4, 1865
Affair: Port Royal, VA April 26, 1865
Scout: Pulaski, TN April 23 - 26, 1865
Scout: Rolla, MO April 21 - 27, 1865
Scout: Saline River, AR April 26 - 29, 1865
Operation: Shenandoah Valley, VA April 26 - May 5, 1865
Expedition to: South Boston, VA April 23 - 29, 1865
Scout: Thomasville, MO April 21 - 27, 1865
Expedition to: Union Springs, AL April 17 - 30, 1865



Appointment: La Fayette Curry Baker, USA, to Brigadier General

(Source: Compendium of the War of the Rebellion Vol. I, p. 660-991. Frederick H. Dyer; The Chronological Tracking Of The American Civil War Per The Offical Records Of The War of the Rebellion pp. 1-336. Ronald A. Mosocco.)


Naval Events:

While in Augusta, Georgia, with the Confederate archives and treasury (see 17-19 April 1965) Lieutenant W. H. Parker learned that the Federal Government had rejected the convention of surrender drawn up by Generals Sherman and Johnston. Parker withdrew his valuable cargo from the bank vaults, reformed his naval escort (consisting of Naval Academy midshipmen and sailors from the Charlotte Navy Yard) and on the 24th set out for Abbeville, South Carolina, which he had previously concluded to be the most likely city through which the Davis party would pass enroute to a crossing of the Savannah River. Near Washington, Georgia, Parker met Mrs. Jefferson Davis, her daughter and Burton Harrison, the President's private secretary, proceeding independently to Florida with a small escort. Gaining no information on the President's whereabouts, Parker continued to press toward Abbeville, while Mrs. Davis' party resumed its journey Southward. On the 29th he arrived in Abbeville, where he stored his cargo in guarded rail cars and ordered a full head of steam be kept on the locomotive in case of emergency. Parker's calculations as to the probable movements of President Davis' entourage proved correct; the chief executive entered Abbeville three days after Parker's arrival.

(Source: Civil War Naval Chronology 1861-1865. pp. I:1-41; II:1-117; III:1-170; IV:1-152; V:1-134. 1971: Naval History Division, Navy Department.)


Additional Information:

The Confederate Army of Tennessee surrenders at Bennett House, near Durham, North Carolina. Federal Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, USA, accompanied by Major General William T. Sherman, USA, offers, and Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston, CSA, accepts the same surrender terms Grant offered Confederate General Robert E. Lee, CSA, at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.

Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his entourage set out from Charlotte, North Carolina, headed for the territory west of the Mississippi River, in order to continue the struggle for Southern independence. Confederate Secretary of the Treasury, George A. Trenholm, resigns due to poor health.

John Wilkes Booth, accused assassin of U. S. President Abraham Lincoln, is shot and killed by Federal cavalry in a tobacco barn at Richard H. Garrett farm, near Bowling Green, Virginia. His accomplice, David E. Herold, is captured at the same time.

(Source: The Chronological Tracking Of The American Civil War Per The Offical Records Of The War of the Rebellion pp. 1-336. Ronald A. Mosocco.)




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