On This Day

What Happened on May 9, 1864

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • -20] Skirmish at Ware Bottom Church, Virginia
  • Battle of Cloyd's Mt, & Swift Creek, Virginia (Drewery's Bluff, Fort Darling)
  • Ship battle at Helgoland, Austria-Denmark

Famous Deaths

  • John Sedgwick, American Major General (Union Army), is shot in battle after claiming "they couldn't hit an elephant at this distance" at 50
  • Thomas Donnely Doubleday, US Union Col, dies in an accident