Friday, April 28, 1865

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Army Events:

Operations: Canyon City Road, OR January 1 - November 30, 1865
Expedition to: Danville, VA April 23 - 29, 1865
Scout: Fort Cummings, New Mexico Territory April 28 - May 13, 1865
Operation: Fort Laramie, Nebraska Territory April 1 - May 27, 1865
Expedition to: Georgetown, GA April 17 - 30, 1865
Scouts: Licking, MO April 1 - 30, 1865
Campaign: Mobile, AL March 17 - May 4, 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
Expedition to: Union Springs, AL April 17 - 30, 1865

(Source: Compendium of the War of the Rebellion Vol. I, p. 660-991. Frederick H. Dyer.)

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.

Secretary Welles directed Rear Admiral Thatcher of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron: "Lieutenant General Grant telegraphs to the War Department under date of the 26th instant, from Raleigh, N.C., that Jeff Davis, with his Cabinet, passed into South Carolina, with the intentions, no doubt, of getting out of the country, either via Cuba or across the Mississippi. All the vigilance and available means at your command should be brought to bear to prevent the escape of those leaders of the rebellion."

Rear Admiral Thatcher reported to Secretary Welles that U.S.S. Octorara, Sebago, and Winnebago were up the Tombigbee River, Alabama, blockading C.S.S. Nashville and Morgan. The Confederate ships had steamed upriver when Mobile fell. The Admiral concluded: "They must soon fall into our hands or destroy themselves."

(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:

U. S. President Abraham Lincoln's funeral train arrives in Cleveland, Ohio, where over 50,000 mourners view his coffin.

(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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