What Happened in May 1864

Historical Events

  • May 1 -8] Battle at Alexandria, Louisiana (Red River Campaign)
  • May 1 Atlanta campaign, GA begins
  • May 3 3rd day in Battle at Alexandria Louisiana: Confederate assault
  • May 4 -16] actions at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia

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May 4 General Ulysses S. Grant's Union Army at Potomac attacks Robert E. Lee's Confederates at Rappahannock River

US President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant
US President & Union General
Ulysses S. Grant
Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • May 5 Atlanta Campaign: 5 days fighting begins at Rocky Face Ridge
  • May 5 Battle between Confederate & Union ships at mouth of Roanoke
  • May 5 Battle of Wilderness, VA (Germanna Ford, Wilderness Tavern)
  • May 5 Campaign in Northern Georgia - Chattanooga GA to Atlanta GA
  • May 6 US Civil War: Battle of Port Walthall Junction, VA

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May 6 US Civil War: Battle of Wilderness - Confederate General longstreet seriously injured

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet

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May 6 US Civil war: General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta Georgia

  • May 7 Battle of Wilderness ends (total losses: USA-17,666; CSA-7,500)
  • May 7 Skirmish at Port Walthall Junction Virginia (Drewry's Bluff)
  • May 8 Actions at Stony Creek/Nottoway bridge Virginia (Drewry's Bluff)
  • May 8 Atlanta Campaign: Severe fighting near Dalton
  • May 8 Battle of Spotslyvania Court House begins
  • May 9 -20] Skirmish at Ware Bottom Church, Virginia
  • May 9 Battle of Cloyd's Mt, & Swift Creek, VA (Drewery's Bluff, Ft Darling)
  • May 9 Ship battle at Helgoland, Austria-Denmark
  • May 10 Battles at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia
  • May 10 Skirmish at Ny River, Virginia
  • May 11 Battle of Yellow Tavern, VA (Sheridan's Raid, South Anna Bridge)

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May 11 Gen J.E.B. Stuart is mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern

Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart
Confederate General
J.E.B. Stuart
  • May 12 US Civil war: Battle of Drewry's Bluff, VA (Ft Darling)
  • May 12 US Civil War Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia
  • May 12 Battle of Todd's Tavern, VA (Sheridan's Raid), cavalry battle during US Civil War
  • May 12 US Union colonel Emory Upton (24) promoted to brigadier general
  • May 13 -16] Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Resaca Georgia
  • May 15 Battle of New Market, Virginia
  • May 15 Skirmish at Marksville (Avoyelles) (Red River Campaign)
  • May 16 Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Resaca, ends (since May 13)
  • May 16 Battle of Bermuda Hundred, VA
  • May 16 Last battles at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia (6,666 casualties)
  • May 17 Battle of Adairsville Georgia, Union forces Confederates to retreat
  • May 18 Battle of Yellow Bayou, LA (Bayou de Glaize, Old Oaks)
  • May 19 Battle of Port Walthall Junction, VA (Bermuda Hundred)
  • May 19 Last engagement in series of battles known as Spotsylvania
  • May 19 Skirmish at Cassville Georgia
  • May 20 Battle at Ware Bottom Church, Virginia, 1,400 killed or injured
  • May 20 Spotsylvania campaign ends after 10,920 killed/injured
  • May 21 Gen David Hunter takes command of Department of West Virginia
  • May 21 Russia declares an end to the Russian-Circassian War and many Circassians are forced into exile. The day is designated to be the Circassian Day of Mourning.
  • May 22 Battle of N Anna River, VA (Totopotamy River, Haw's Shop, Hanovertown)
  • May 23 Battle of North Anna, Va, 1st of 3 days of fighting
  • May 25 Battle of New Hope Church, GA
  • May 26 Battle of Dallas, Georgia begins (US Civil War)
  • May 26 -30] Skirmish along the Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia
  • May 26 Territory of Montana formed
  • May 27 Skirmish at Salem Church (Haw's Shop), Virginia
  • May 29 Mexican Emperor Maximilian arrives at Vera Cruz
  • May 30 Cavalry fight at Battle of Bethesda Church/Totopotomoy Creek Virginia during US Civil War
  • May 31 Raid at Morgan's Kentucky

Famous Birthdays

  • May 14 Eleanor Everest Freer, composer
  • May 18 Jan P Veth, Bayern, Dutch painter/etcher/lithographer/art historian
  • May 19 Carl Ethan Akeley, US, naturalist, devoleped animal mount process
  • May 21 Princess Stephanie of Belgium (d. 1945)
  • May 23 Louis Glass, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1936)
  • May 27 Ante Trumbić, Croatian politician (d. 1938)
  • May 29 A H Borgesius, Dutch amateur astronomer
  • May 31 Albert J M Bakker, Dutch actor (Teun the night watch)

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Giacomo Meyerbeer, composer, dies at 72
  • May 5 Alexander Hays, US Union-general-major, dies in battle at 44
  • May 5 John Marshall Jones, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 43
  • May 5 Leroy A Stafford, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 42
  • May 6 Henry Livermore Abbott, US Union brig-general, dies in battle
  • May 6 Micah Jenkins, Confederate brig-general (friendly fire), dies at 28
  • May 8 James Samuel Wadsworth, gen-mjr (Union), dies in battle at 56
  • May 9 "Uncle" John Sedgwick, US Union general-major, dies in battle at 50
  • May 9 Thomas Donnely Doubleday, US Union Col, dies in an accident
  • May 10 James Clay Rice, lawyer/Union brig-general, dies in battle at 34
  • May 10 Thomas Greeley Stevenson, Union brig-general, dies at about 27
  • May 12 Abner Monroe Perrin, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 37

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May 12 J.E.B. Stuart [James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart], Confederate General, dies at 31

Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart
Confederate General
J.E.B. Stuart
  • May 13 Junius Daniel, Confederate brig-general, dies at 35
  • May 14 William N Green Jr, Union brig-general, dies
  • May 16 Lean Bear, Cheyenne chief, murdered
  • May 18 James Byron Gordon, Confederate brig-gen, dies at 41

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May 19 Nathaniel Hawthorne, American writer (The Scarlet Letter), dies at 59

  • May 20 John Clare, English poet (Little Trotty Wagtail), dies at 70
  • May 26 Charles Sealsfield, Austrian-American writer, dies at 71
  • May 28 Henry H Giesy, US Union-brig-general, dies in battle
  • May 28 Simion Bărnuţiu, Romanian philosopher and liberal politician (b. 1808)
  • May 30 James Barbour Terrill, US attorney/Confederate brigadier general, dies at 26