What Happened on May 6, 1864

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • Battle of Port Walthall Junction, fought in Virginia begins (Battle of Port Walthall Junction), Union victory (US Civil War)

BattleBattle of Interest

Battle of Wilderness, fought in Virginia, Confederate General longstreet seriously injured (Overland Campaign), inconclusive result (US Civil War)

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Union Army General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta Georgia during the Atlanta Campaign (US Civil War)


Famous Deaths

  • Henry Livermore Abbott, US Union brigadier general, dies in battle
  • Micah Jenkins, Confederate brigadier general (friendly fire), dies at 28