What happened on this day during the Civil War – April 11th?

  1. April 11th, 1861 – Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregaard demands the surrender of Ft. Sumter in Charleston Harbor from Major Robert Anderson. The reply was: “I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication, demanding the evacuation of this fort, and to say, in reply thereto, that it is a demand with which I regret that my sense of honor and my obligations to my Government prevent my compliance.”
  2. April 11th, 1861 – Federal troops are summoned to the nation’s Capital as tensions between the North and South heighten.
  3. April 11th, 1862 – Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck takes over field command from Gen. Grant at Pittsburg Landing.
  4. April 11th, 1862 – Union forced under Gen Mitchel occupy Huntsville, Alabama; severing the Memphis and Charleston Railroad.
  5. April 11th, 1863 – The Army of Northern Virginia, under Gen. Longstreet, advance upon Suffolk to begin month-long siege.
  6. April 11th, 1863 – 1,700 Union cavalry led by Col Streight lead a raid from Nashville to Georgia.
  7. April 11th, 1864 – Forrest’s CSA cavalry skirmish in Columbus, KY along the Mississippi.
  8. April 11th, 1865 – President Lincoln calls for conciliation in reconstruction in last public Whitehouse appearance.
  9. April 11th, 1865 – Union Gen Sherman’s army advances upon Raleigh, North Carolina.

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