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, dies 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? 156 years, 5 months and 14 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Taurus