What Happened in May 1865

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 2 US President Andrew Johnson offers $100,000 reward for capture of Jefferson Davis

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • May 4 Battle of Citronville, AL; Richard Taylor surrenders
  • May 5 1st US train robbery (North Bend Ohio)
  • May 10 US Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis captured by Union troops at Irwinsville Georgia
  • May 10 Surrender of Sam Jones
  • May 11 Confederate Brigadier General Meriwether Jeff Thompson surrenders at Jacksonport, Arkansas
  • May 12 Last land action of Civil war at Palmito Ranch, Texas
  • May 13 Battle of Palmito Ranch, near Brownsville, Texas: final engagement of the American Civil War, Private John Jefferson Williams of B Company, 34th Regiment Indiana Infantry is last man killed
  • May 17 The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established.
  • May 23 -24] Victory parade in Washington, D.C. (Grand Review)
  • May 23 Flag flown at full mast over White House for the first time since Lincoln was shot
  • May 26 Battle of Galveston TX, surrender of Edmund Kirby Smith

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Clyde Fitch, American playwright (d. 1909)
  • May 5 Felicjan Szopski, composer
  • May 5 Nellie Bly, [Elizabeth Cochran Seaman], American journalist and writer (d. 1922)
  • May 9 August de Boeck, composer
  • May 15 Albert Verwey, Dutch poet/literature historian (Motion)
  • May 18 William Heinemann, England, publisher (Chemical Instrumental)
  • May 22 Enrique Morera, composer
  • May 23 Epit├ício Pessoa, President of Brazil (d. 1942)
  • May 25 Frederick Augustus III, King of Saxon (1904-18)
  • May 25 John Raleigh Mott, organizer (YMCA, Nobel 1946)
  • May 25 Pieter Zeeman, Dutch physicist (Zeeman effect, Nobel Prize 1902), born in Zonnemaire, Schouwen-Duiveland
  • May 26 Akseli V Gallen-Kallela, Fins painter/graphic artist/illustrator
  • May 26 Robert W. Chambers, American artist (d. 1933)
  • May 28 Gerrit Grijns, Dutch physiologist (Vitamin E)

Famous Deaths

  • May 21 Christian J├╝rgensen Thomsen, Danish Archaeologist, created Stone, Bronze, Iron age system, dies at 76
  • May 30 William Clarke Quantrill, criminal/Confederate bushwhacker, dies at 27