This Day in the Civil War

Friday, April 11, 1862

The new Federal rifled artillery set up on Tybee Island accomplished its objective today as Ft. Pulaski surrendered. The sturdy old fort had had several holes knocked in it, and its commander, Col. Charles Olmstead, decided that receiving 5000 rounds was sufficient. The surrender meant that the approaches to the Savannah River, and the city of the same name, were effectively opened for the forthcoming Yankee assault. Surprisingly enough, only one soldier on either side was killed.

Saturday, April 11 1863

Union commanders in the Suffolk and James River areas of Virginia were today sending requests for Naval gunboats to be sent as protection against fears of Southern attacks. They didn’t know how much trouble they were in: Longstreet was coming. With his entire corps he surrounded the Suffolk area and launched a siege which lasted a month.

Monday, April 11 1864

Both the Army and the Navy forces of the United States were having a hard time with the Mississippi River campaign today. The Red River campaign, under Gen. Banks, withdrew to Grand Encore, La., after failing at Pleasant Hill and Mansfield. Actually, Banks’ men were the victors at Pleasant Hill, but Banks didn’t believe it, so he turned around anyway. On the water, Admiral Porter’s gunboats were being subjected to such indignities as small-arms and battery fire from the banks of the river. This was hard to avoid as the water was getting very low, making maneuvering difficult.

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