Skip to main content

    History in 2nd Apr

  • Petersburg siege ends

    Union forces finally break the Confederate lines around Petersburg, Virginia, ending the ten month-long siege. The following day, the Army of Northern Virginia would retreat to the west and the Union army entered Richmond.

    More »

  • Wilson asks Congress for declaration of war

    Speaking before a joint session of Congress, President Woodrow Wilson asks the legislature for a declaration of war against the German Empire. Five days later, both houses of Congress would issue the declaration with substantial majorities. 

We hope you enjoyed this essay.

Please support this 70-year tradition of trusted historical writing and the volunteers that sustain it with a donation to American Heritage.

Donate