On This Day

What Happened on May 3, 1861

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • General Winfield Scott presents his Anaconda Plan for the North against the South in American Civil War
  • Lincoln asks for 42,000 Army Volunteers and another 18,000 seamen

Famous Birthdays

  • Emmett Dalton, American outlaw, member of the Dalton Gang in the American Old West, born in Belton, Missouri (d. 1937)

Famous Deaths

  • Anthony Philip Heinrich, composer, dies at 80