April 17, 1864
---Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, as General-in-Chief, issues orders that all prisoner exchanges will stop, so as to starve the South of its meager manpower.
---Civil unrest springs up in cities of the South, due to food shortages. In Savannah, Georgia, a mob of women, armed and angry, rioted in the streets, taking bread and any foodstuffs from wherever they could find it. Only after troops came did the crowd disperse.
---The schooner Lily, from England, is captured as a blockade runner by the Federal gunboat USS Owasco, offshore near Velasco, Texas.
---Confederate troops under George Pickett (Hoke’s division) attack Fort Gray, near Plymouth, North Carolina, garrisoned by a detachment of the 85th New York Infantry. The attack is called off after several assaults are repulsed.