May 1863 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Battle of Chancellorsville, VA (29,000 injured or died)
  • May 1 Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi
  • May 1 Confederate "National Flag" replaces "Stars & Bars"
  • May 1 Confederate congress passed resolution to kill black soldiers
  • May 2 South defeats North in Battle of Chancellorsville, Va

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May 2 Stonewall Jackson attacks Chancellorsville, wounded by his own men

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • May 3 Battle of Fredricksburg, VA (Marye's Heights)
  • May 3 Battle of Salem Church, VA
  • May 4 Battle of Chancellorsville-action at Salem Church
  • May 4 End of Chancellorsville - Beaten Union army withdraws
  • May 8 Confederaci√≥n Granadina becomes Estados Unidos de Colombia
  • May 12 Battle of Raymond, Miss
  • May 14 American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson, MS takes place
  • May 16 Battle of Champion's Hill, Mississippi - bloodiest action of Vicksburg Campaign
  • May 17 Battle of Big Black River Bridge, MS
  • May 17 Rosal√≠a de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, her first book in the Galician language.
  • May 18 Siege of Vicksburg, MS
  • May 19 Siege of Vicksburg, investment of city complete
  • May 21 Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana, begins

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May 22 General Ulysses S. Grant begins siege on Vicksburg

US President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant
US President & Union General
Ulysses S. Grant
  • May 22 War Dept establishes Bureau of Colored Troops
  • May 23 Organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan.
  • May 27 CSS Chattahoochie explodes on Chattahoochie River GA, 18 die
  • May 27 Siege of Port Hudson LA
  • May 28 1st black regiment (54 Mass) leaves Boston to fight in Civil War

Birthdays in History

  • May 5 Frederik A Stoett, linguist (Dutch Proverbs)
  • May 14 John Charles Fields, Canadian mathematician and founder of the Fields Medal, born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1932)
  • May 24 George Grey Barnard, American sculptor (d. 1938)
  • May 28 Georg Adler, German state economist
  • May 31 Francis E Younghusband, British journalist/explorer

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Edward Dorr Tracy, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 29
  • May 3 Elisha Franklin "Bull" Paxton, US Confederate brig-gen, dies at 35
  • May 7 Amiel Weeks Whipple, US Union gen-major, dies of injuries at 46

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May 10 Stonewall Jackson, Confederate general during the American Civil War, dies of pneumonia at 39

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • May 16 Lloyd Tilghman, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 47
  • May 27 Edward Payson Chapin, Union Brigadier General, dies at 31
  • May 28 Edmund Kirby Jr, Union-brig-gen, dies of injuries at 23