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 casualities
  • May 20 US Homestead Act becomes law which provides cheap land for the settlement of the American West

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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
  • 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)