Saturday, April 29, 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
Skirmish: Lyon County, VA April 29, 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 from: St. Louis, MO April 29 - June 11, 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 congratulated Rear Admiral Thatcher and his men on their part in bringing about the fall of Mobile: "Although no bloody strife preceded the capture . . ., the result was none the less creditable. Much has been expended to render it invulnerable, and nothing but the well-conducted preparations for its capture, which pointed to success, could have induced the rebel commander to abandon it with its formidable defenses, mounting nearly 400 guns, many of them of the newest pattern and heaviest caliber, its abundant supply of ammunition and ordnance stores, and its torpedo-planted roads and waters, without serious conflict."

U.S.S. Donegal, commanded by Acting Lieutenant George D. Upham, was ordered to cruise from Bull's Bay, South Carolina, to the Savannah River in search of C.S.S. Stonewall.

Acting Master W. C. Coulson, commanding U.S.S. Moose on the Cumberland River, led a surprise attack on a Confederate raiding party, numbering about 200 troops from Brigadier General Abraham Buford's command. The raiders under the command of a Major Hopkins, were crossing the Cumberland River to sack and burn Eddyville, Kentucky. Coulson sank two troop laden boats with battery gunfire and then put a landing party ashore which engaged the remaining Confederates. The landing force dispersed the detachment after killing or wounding 20 men, taking 6 captives, and capturing 22 horses.

(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:

Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his entourage arrives at Yorkville, South Carolina.

U. S. President Abraham Lincoln's funeral train arrives at Columbus, Ohio.

(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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