APRIL 1ST, 1864: During the last year of the war, bands of Confederate guerrillas continually attacked Union warships isolated on patrol duty, as well as commercial ships. This date, the Union Secretary of War passed a captured letter from Mallory along to Welles about these operations, who passed it along to Porter on the Mississippi.
APRIL 2ND, 1864: Union Gen. Banks continued with his Red River Campaign deployments. Union ships convoyed Gen. Smith's corps to Grand Ecore, Louisiana.
APRIL 3RD, 1864: The USS Sciota capturedschooner Mary Sorly attempting to run out of Galveston, Texas. It had precviously been the U.S. Revenue Cutter Dodge, seized by the Confederates in Galveston at the war's outbreak.