Famous Deaths in 1864

  • Jan 4 Mateo Ferrer, composer, dies at 75
  • Jan 7 Caleb Blood Smith, 6th U.S. Secretary of the Interior (b. 1808)
  • Jan 8 Victor-Charles-Paul Dourlen, composer, dies at 83

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Jan 13 Stephen Foster, American composer (My Old Kentucky Home), dies at 37 in New York

Father of American Music Stephen Foster
Father of American Music
Stephen Foster
  • Jan 15 Isaac Nathan, UK-Australian composer (b. 1792)
  • Jan 16 Anton Schindler, German violinist/biographer (Beethoven), dies at 68
  • Jan 23 Michele Puccini, composer, dies at 50
  • Jan 24 Otto Jonas Lindblad, composer, dies at 54
  • Jan 24 Stephen Gardner Champlin, brig-general (Union), dies at about 36
  • Jan 27 Franz von Klenze, German architect (palace Leuchtenberg), dies at 59
  • Jan 28 Émile Clapeyron, French engineer and physicist (b. 1799)
  • Jan 31 Hamilton Rowan Gamble, US judge/governor of Missouri (1861-64), dies
  • Feb 15 Israel Zangwill, writer/Zionist/philanthropist, dies
  • Feb 15 William Dyce, painter, dies
  • Feb 16 Vaclav Jindrich Veit, composer, dies at 58
  • Feb 19 William Edwin Baldwin, US Confederate brig-general, dies
  • Feb 21 Jeffery Forrest, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle
  • Feb 26 Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, French Canadian politician (b. 1807)
  • Mar 3 Ulric Dahlgren, Union colonel, dies in battle at 21
  • Mar 4 Thomas Starr King, Unitarian clergyman (Christianity & Humanity), dies
  • Mar 10 Maximilian II Jozef, King of Bayern (1848-64), dies at 52
  • Mar 17 Alexandre Calamo, Swiss painter/etcher/lithographer, dies at 53
  • Mar 27 Jean-Jacques Ampère, French scholar (b. 1800)
  • Mar 30 Louis Alexander Balthasar Schindelmeisser, composer, dies 52
  • Apr 4 Joseph Pitty Couthouy, American naval officer (b. 1808)
  • Apr 12 Thomas Green, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 50
  • Apr 13 Johann Schneider, German composer and organist, dies at 74
  • Apr 22 Joseph Gilbert Totten, US Union general-major, dies at 76
  • Apr 29 Charles-Julien Brianchon, math (Brianchon's theorem), dies at 80

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Apr 29 Abraham Gesner, Canadian geologist (inventor of kerosene), dies at 66

Physician and Geologist Abraham Gesner
Physician and Geologist
Abraham Gesner
  • 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
  • Jun 1 Solomon George Washington Dill, poor white ally of African Americans, assassinated in his home by white terrorists in SC
  • Jun 1 Hong Xiuquan, Chinese rebel (b. 1812)
  • Jun 2 George Pierce Doles, US businessman/Confed brig-general, dies at 34
  • Jun 3 James P McMahon, US Union colonel (164th NY), dies in battle
  • Jun 3 Peter A Porter, US Union colonel (8th NY), dies in battle
  • Jun 5 William Edmonson "Grumble" Jones, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 39
  • Jun 14 Leonidas Polk, general, killed in action in Battle of Pine Mt
  • Jun 19 George Lincoln Prescott, US Union brig-gen, dies of injuries
  • Jun 27 Charles Garrison Harker, US Union-brig-general, dies in battle at 26
  • Jul 6 Samuel Allen Rice, US Union brig-gen, dies of injuries at 36
  • Jul 16 Victor JB Girardey, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 27
  • Jul 17 Daniel McCook Jr, US Union-brig-gen, dies at 29
  • Jul 17 Dirk Dark Curtius, attorney/liberal minister of Justice, dies at 71
  • Jul 22 James Birdseye Mcpherson, US Union gen-major, dies in battle at 35
  • Jul 22 William Henry Talbot Walker, Confederate gen-mjr, dies in battle at 47
  • Jul 25 Clement Hoffman Stevens, Us banker/inventor/Confederate brigadier general, dies at 42
  • Jul 27 Margaret E Breckinridge, US nurse/daughter of VP John, dies
  • Jul 28 Johann Hermann Kufferath, composer, dies at 67
  • Jul 28 Samuel Benton, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at about 44
  • Jul 31 Louis Hachette, French publisher, dies at 64
  • Aug 5 Griffin A Stedman, Union-brig-gen (Fort Stedman), dies in battle at 26
  • Aug 7 Li Xiucheng, late Taiping's Field Marshal and soul person.(b. 1823)
  • Aug 12 Sakuma Shōzan, Japanese reformer (b. 1811)
  • Aug 15 Daniel Phineas Woodbury, US engineer/Union general-major, dies
  • Aug 16 John Randolph Chambliss Jr, planter/Confederate, dies in battle at 31
  • Aug 20 Daniel Chaplin, US Union brig-general, dies
  • Aug 20 John H Kelly, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 24
  • Aug 21 John Calhoun Sanders, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 24
  • Aug 31 Ferdinand Lassalle, French politician (ADA), dies at 39
  • Sep 4 John Hunt Morgan, American Confederate military leader (b. 1825)
  • Sep 15 John Hanning Speke, British explorer (b. 1827)
  • Sep 16 John Hanning Speke, English explorer (b. 1827)
  • Sep 17 Walter Savage Landor, author, dies
  • Sep 19 Archibald Campbell Godwin, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle
  • Sep 19 David Allen Russell, US Union general-major, dies in battle at 43
  • Sep 19 Robert Emmet Rodes, US Confederate gen-major, dies in battle at 35
  • Sep 29 Hiram Burnham, US Union-colonel (Chancellorsville), dies in battle
  • Oct 1 John Dunovant, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle
  • Oct 1 Rose Greenhow, American Confederate spy (b. 1817)
  • Oct 1 Juan José Flores, General and first President of Ecuador (1839-1845), dies at 64
  • Oct 4 Joseph Montferrand, French Canadian logger and strong man (b. 1802)
  • Oct 7 Alexander Gardiner, US Union brig-general, dies in battle
  • Oct 7 John Gregg, US judge/Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 36
  • Oct 8 Thomas Jonathan Coffin Amory, US Union-brig-general, dies at about 34
  • Oct 10 David Bullock Harris, US Confederate colonel, dies of yellow fever
  • Oct 12 Roger Taney, 5th Supreme Court Chief Justice (1836-64), dies at 87
  • Oct 18 David Bell Birney, US lawyer/Union general-major, dies at 39
  • Oct 18 Jacques Francois Gallay, composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 19 Daniel Davidson Bidwell, magistrate/brig-general, dies in battle at 45
  • Oct 20 Stephen Dodson Ramseur, Confederate gen-major, dies at 27
  • Oct 24 James Jay Archer, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 46
  • Oct 26 "Bloody Bill" Anderson, American Civil War Pro-Confederate rebel guerrilla leader, killed by union troops at 24 or 25
  • Oct 27 Andreas Randel, composer, dies at 58
  • Nov 3 Antonio Goncalves Dias, Brazilian national poet, dies at sea
  • Nov 30 Hiram Bronson Granbury, Confederate brigadier general, dies in the Battle of Franklin at 33
  • Nov 30 John Adams, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in the Battle of Franklin at about 39
  • Nov 30 Otto French Strahl, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in the Battle of Franklin at 33
  • Nov 30 Patrick Ronayne Cleburne, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in the Battle of Franklin at 33
  • Dec 2 Archibald Gracie III, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at Siege of Petersburg, Virginia aged 32
  • Dec 8 George Boole, British inventor of Boolean algebra (b. 1815)
  • Dec 21 William Henry Fry, composer, dies at 51