May 1862 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Major General Benjamin Butler's Union forces occupy New Orleans in US Civil War
  • May 4 -5] Battle at Williamsburg, Virginia

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May 4 Yorktown, VA - Mcclellan halted his troop before town as it is full of armed torpedoes left by CS Brigadier General Gabrial Rains

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
  • May 5 French army intervenes in Puebla, Mexico: Cinco de Mayo
  • May 5 Peninsular Campaign-Battle of Williamsburg, VA
  • May 7 Battle of West Point, VA (Eltham's Landing, Barnhamsville)
  • May 7 Much of Enschede, Netherlands, destroyed by fire
  • May 8 Valley Campaign: Federals repulsed at Battle of McDowell Va
  • May 9 Battle of Farmington, MS
  • May 9 Battle of Ft Pickens, FL (Pensacola), evacuated by CS
  • May 9 US Naval Academy relocated from Annapolis MD to Newport, RI
  • May 10 Battle of Plum Run Bend, TN (Plum Point Bend)
  • May 11 Confederates scuttle CSS Virginia off Norfolk, VA
  • May 12 Federal troops occupies Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • May 14 Adolphe Nicole of Switzerland patents chronograph
  • May 15 -May 17] Battle of Princeton WV
  • May 15 Battle of Drewry's Bluff (Ft Darling), Virginia
  • May 15 Confederate ship Alabama launched as the Enrica at Birkenhead, England, where she had been built in secret
  • May 15 US Department of Agriculture created
  • May 15 Major Gen Benjamin F Butler issues order (New Orleans) that confederate women abusing union soldiers be treated as whores
  • May 16 Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir builds 1st automobile
  • May 17 Battle of Princeton WV, ends, about 128 casualities
  • May 20 US Homestead Act becomes law which provides cheap land for the settlement of the American West

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May 23 Valley Campaign: Stonewall Jackson takes Fort Royal, Virginia

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • May 24 Beardslee field telegraph used for 1st time
  • May 24 Westminster Bridge across Thames opens
  • May 25 First Battle of Winchester VA
  • May 27 Battle of Hanover Court House, VA (Slash Church, Peake's Station)
  • May 30 Battle of Booneville MS - captured Gen Beauregard evacuates Corinth
  • May 31 Battle of Seven Pines VA (Fair Oaks)

Birthdays in History

  • May 5 Max Elskamp, Belgian author/poet (Lesson Joies Blondes, Maya)
  • May 15 Arthur Schnitzler, Austria, playwright/novelist (La Ronde)
  • May 18 Freiherr Albert von Schrenk-Notzing, German para-psychologist
  • May 19 Mikhail Nesterov, Russian painter (d. 1942)
  • May 22 August Cuppens, Flemish author/pastor

Deaths in History

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May 6 Henry David Thoreau, US writer/pacifist (Walden Pond), dies at 44

Naturalist/Pacifist Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau
  • May 16 Lev A Ms, Russian nobleman/poet, dies at 40
  • May 18 William H Keim, US Union brig-general, dies in battle at 48
  • May 28 Lev A Ms, Russian nobleman/poet, dies at 40 [5/16]
  • May 31 Robert Hatton, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at about 34