Nathaniel P. Banks’s Federals were confronted by Richard Taylor’s Confederates in Louisiana. Ulysses S. Grant finalized his overall Federal strategy, and the Lincoln administration continued reconstructing the conquered southern states. A controversial engagement took place in western Tennessee, and Jefferson Davis endured a personal tragedy.
1 Apr – Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant issued “most emphatic” orders to take no action on agreeing to exchange prisoners of war without further notification. This initiated a grim new war policy.
2 Apr – Federal forces at Natchitoches, Louisiana, looked to continue further up the Red River on the way to their ultimate goal of Shreveport and eastern Texas beyond.
4 Apr – Major General Frederick Steele’s Federal Army of Arkansas encountered resistance while trying to cross the Little Missouri River en route to their rendezvous point at Shreveport, Louisiana.
5 Apr – General Robert E. Lee issued orders preparing his Confederate Army of Northern Virginia to meet the Federal army as soon as it crossed the Rapidan River to attack.
7 Apr – Major General Nathaniel P. Banks’s Federal Army of the Gulf veered away from the Red River, moving inadvertently toward Confederate forces led by Major General Richard Taylor.
8 Apr – Major General Nathaniel P. Banks’s Federals unexpectedly ran into Confederates under Major General Richard Taylor blocking their path to Shreveport.
9 Apr – Major General Nathaniel P. Banks’s Federals made a stand after the previous day’s defeat as Confederates under Major General Richard Taylor sought to drive them out of western Louisiana.
10 Apr – Major General Frederick Steele’s Federal Army of Arkansas clashed with Confederates while trying to move south and join forces with the Federals at Shreveport.
11 Apr – The lowering water level on the Red River became a serious concern for Rear Admiral David D. Porter because it threatened to trap his massive naval squadron in hostile territory.
12 Apr – Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Confederate cavalry attacked the Federal garrison at Fort Pillow on the Mississippi River, and a controversy ensued over whether black troops were killed after surrendering.
Red River: Banks Misses His Deadline
15 Apr –
Red River: The Poison Spring Engagement
17 Apr –
North Carolina: Confederates Target Plymouth
19 Apr –
North Carolina: Confederates Reclaim Plymouth
20 Apr –
Red River: Banks Tries Returning to Alexandria
21 Apr –
The Impending Georgia Campaign
24 Apr –
Arkansas: The Marks’ Mill Engagement
25 Apr –
Northern Virginia: The Army of the Potomac is Ready
26 Apr –
Red River: Porter in Grave Danger
27 Apr –
The Virginia Peninsula: The Army of the James
28 Apr –
The Grand Federal Offensive Begins
29 Apr –
Arkansas: The Jenkins’ Ferry Engagement
30 Apr –
Joe Davis Dies
30 Apr –
Last Updated: 4/13/2019