On This Day

Historical Events in May 1862

  • May 1 Major General Benjamin Butler's Union forces occupy New Orleans (US Civil War)
  • May 4 -5] Battle at Williamsburg, Virginia

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May 4 Yorktown, VA - Mcclellan halted his troop before town as it is full of armed torpedoes left by CS Brigadier General Gabrial Rains

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
  • May 5 French army intervenes in Puebla, Mexico: Cinco de Mayo
  • May 5 Peninsular Campaign-Battle of Williamsburg, Virginia
  • May 7 Battle of West Point, Virginia (Eltham's Landing, Barnhamsville)
  • May 7 Much of Enschede, Netherlands, destroyed by fire
  • May 8 Valley Campaign: Federals repulsed at Battle of McDowell, Virginia
  • May 9 Battle of Farmington, Mississippi
  • May 9 Battle of Fort Pickens, Florida, Pensacola evacuated by Confederates
  • May 9 US Naval Academy relocated from Annapolis Maryland to Newport, Rhode Island
  • May 10 Battle of Plum Run Bend, Tennessee
  • May 11 Confederates scuttle CSS Virginia off Norfolk, Virginia
  • May 12 Federal troops occupies Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • May 14 Adolphe Nicole of Switzerland patents chronograph
  • May 15 -May 17] Battle of Princeton West Virginia

  • May 15 Battle of Drewry's Bluff (Fort Darling), Virginia
  • May 15 Confederate ship Alabama launched as the Enrica at Birkenhead, England, where she had been built in secret
  • May 15 US Department of Agriculture created
  • May 15 Major Gen Benjamin F Butler issues order (New Orleans) that confederate women abusing union soldiers be treated as whores
  • May 15 First baseball enclosure opens at Union Grounds, Brooklyn
  • May 16 Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir builds 1st automobile
  • May 17 Battle of Princeton West Virginia, ends with about 128 causalities

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May 20 US President Abraham Lincoln signs into law the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for the settlement of the American West (80 million acres by 1900)

16th US President Abraham Lincoln
16th US President
Abraham Lincoln

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May 23 Valley Campaign: Stonewall Jackson takes Fort Royal, Virginia

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • May 24 Beardslee field telegraph used for 1st time
  • May 24 Westminster Bridge across The Thames opens in London, England, second bridge replacing earlier bridge fallen into decay
  • May 25 First Battle of Winchester, Virginia
  • May 27 Battle of Hanover Court House, Virginia (Slash Church, Peake's Station)
  • May 30 Battle of Booneville MS - captured Gen Beauregard evacuates Corinth
  • May 31 Battle of Seven Pines Virginia (Fair Oaks)