On This Day

Historical Events in May 1865

  • May 4 Battle of Citronelle, Alabama; Richard Taylor surrenders
  • May 5 1st US train robbery (North Bend, Ohio)

Historic Event

May 9 President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation declaring armed resistance in the South is virtually at an end; this is the commonly accepted end date of the American Civil War

  • May 10 Confederate President Jefferson Davis captured by Union troops at Irwinsville Georgia (US Civil War)
  • May 10 Major General Sam Jones, the Confederate military leader in Florida, South Carolina and South Georgia, surrenders to Union forces
  • May 11 Confederate Brigadier General Meriwether Jeff Thompson surrenders at Jacksonport, Arkansas
  • May 12 Last land action of Civil war at Palmito Ranch, Texas
  • May 13 Battle of Palmito Ranch, near Brownsville, Texas: final engagement of the American Civil War, Private John Jefferson Williams of B Company, 34th Regiment Indiana Infantry is last man killed
  • May 17 The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established
  • May 23 -24] Victory parade in Washington, D.C. (Grand Review)
  • May 23 Flag flown at full mast over White House for the first time since Lincoln was shot
  • May 26 Battle of Galveston Texas, surrender of Edmund Kirby Smith