April 8Island No. 10 on the Mississippi River finally falls to Union General John Pope.

April 10 Slavery was abolished in Washington, D.C.

April 11Fort Pulaski, on the Savannah River, falls to the Union after severe bombardment.

April 12 – Union spy-agent James J. Andrews leads a raid in north Georgia with a rag-tag band of Union soldiers in an attempt to steal a Confederate locomotive – The General.  A great chase ensues resulting in the capture and hanging of some of the Union soldiers.

April 16Confederate Congress, following numerous Western Theater losses in the past three months, issues the first-ever conscription act in American military history. This would be just the first of three Confederate conscription acts.

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