On This Day

What Happened on May 24, 1861

Historical Events

  • Alexandria, Virginia occupied by Federal troops
  • Union Major General Benjamin Butler declares slaves "contraband of war"

Famous Deaths

  • Elmer E. Ellsworth, American soldier who was the 1st Union officer killed in the American Civil War, dies at 24
1861 Highlights

About May 24, 1861

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 159 years, 6 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Gemini