What Happened on May 5, 1864

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Atlanta Campaign: 5 days fighting begins at Rocky Face Ridge
  • Battle between Confederate & Union ships at mouth of Roanoke
  • Battle of Wilderness, Virginia (Germanna Ford, Wilderness Tavern)
  • Campaign in Northern Georgia - Chattanooga to Atlanta

Famous Deaths

  • Alexander Hays, US Union-general-major, dies in battle at 44
  • John Marshall Jones, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 43
  • Leroy A Stafford, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 42