Historical Events in May 1863

  • May 1 Hospital for the Ruptured and Crippled first opens its doors
  • May 1 Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia, 29,000 injured or died
  • May 1 Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi
  • May 1 Confederate "National Flag" replaces "Stars & Bars"
  • May 1 Confederate congress passes resolution to kill black soldiers
  • May 2 South defeats North in Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia

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May 2 Stonewall Jackson attacking Chancellorsville is wounded by his own men

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • May 3 Battle of Salem Church, Virginia
  • May 3 The Second Battle of Fredericksburg occurs in Virginia, part of the Chancellorsville Campaign of the American Civil War
  • May 4 Battle of Chancellorsville-action at Salem Church
  • May 4 End of Chancellorsville - Beaten Union army withdraws
  • May 5 Joe Coburn KOs Mike McCoole for US boxing title in 63rd round
  • May 8 Confederación Granadina becomes Estados Unidos de Colombia
  • May 12 Battle of Raymond, Mississippi
  • May 14 American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson, Mississippi takes place

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May 15 Salon des Refusés opens in Paris, exhibition of works rejected by official Salon, features Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro, Henri Fantin-Latour, James Whistler, and Édouard Manet

French Painter Paul Cézanne
French Painter
Paul Cézanne
Painter Camille Pissarro
Painter
Camille Pissarro
Impressionist painter Edouard Manet
Impressionist painter
Edouard Manet
  • May 16 Battle of Champion's Hill, Mississippi - bloodiest action of Vicksburg Campaign
  • May 17 Battle of Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi
  • May 17 Rosalía de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, her first book in the Galician language
  • May 18 Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi begins
  • May 19 Siege of Vicksburg, investment of city complete
  • May 21 Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana, begins

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May 22 General Ulysses S. Grant begins siege on Vicksburg

Union General and US President Ulysses S. Grant
Union General and US President
Ulysses S. Grant
  • May 22 War Department establishes Bureau of Colored Troops
  • May 23 Organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan
  • May 27 CSS Chattahoochie explodes on Chattahoochie River, Georgia, 18 die
  • May 27 Siege of Port Hudson in Louisiana by Union forces. Lasts 48 days, longest American military seige
  • May 28 1st black regiment (54 Mass) leaves Boston to fight in US Civil War