On This Day

What Happened on May 15, 1862

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • -May 17] Battle of Princeton West Virginia
  • Battle of Drewry's Bluff (Fort Darling), Virginia
  • Confederate ship Alabama launched as the Enrica at Birkenhead, England, where she had been built in secret
  • First baseball enclosure opens at Union Grounds, Brooklyn
  • Major Gen Benjamin F Butler issues order (New Orleans) that confederate women abusing union soldiers be treated as whores
  • US Department of Agriculture created

Famous Birthdays

  • Arthur Schnitzler, Austrian playwright/novelist (La Ronde)