April 4: Samuel Chester Reid

April 4: The Flag Act of 1818, which incorporated the proposal of War of 1812 hero Samuel Chester Reid, that another star be added to the American flag as a new state entered the Union, but that the original 13 stripes remain unchanged, was signed into law by President James Monroe on this date.

April 1: Robert Winthrop

April 1: Brigadier General Robert Winthrop, who rose from a private at the beginning of the Civil War to triumph at the Battle of Five Forks on this date in 1865, where thousands of Confederates surrendered, was mortally wounded and to be carried from the field by his triumphant but mourning troops.