On This Day

What Happened on May 12, 1864

Historical Events

  • Battle of Drewry's Bluff, fought in Chesterfield County, Virginia (Peninsula Campaign), Confederate victory (US Civil War)
  • Battle of Spotsylvania, fought near Courthouse, Virginia (Overland Campaign), inconclusive result (US Civil War)
  • Battle of Todd's Tavern, cavalry battle fought near Todds Tavern, Virginia (Sheridan's Raid), inconclusive result (US Civil War)
  • US Union colonel Emory Upton (24) promoted to brigadier general

Famous Deaths

  • Abner Monroe Perrin, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 37

Person of interestJ.E.B. Stuart

J.E.B. Stuart [James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart], Confederate General in the American Civil War, is killed in action at 31

Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart
Confederate General
J.E.B. Stuart

1864 Highlights

About May 12, 1864

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 157 years, 5 months and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Taurus