What Happened on May 24, 1861

Historical Events

  • Alexandria, Virginia occupied by Federal troops

Event of Interest

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

About May 24, 1861

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 161 years, 9 months and 29 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Gemini