May 1865 in History

Events in History


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May 2 US President Andrew Johnson offers $100,000 reward for capture of Jefferson Davis

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • May 4 Battle of Citronelle, Alabama; Richard Taylor surrenders
  • May 5 1st US train robbery (North Bend, Ohio)

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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

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 Clyde Fitch, American playwright, born in Elmira, New York (d. 1909)
  • May 5 Nellie Bly, [Elizabeth Cochran Seaman], American journalist and writer (d. 1922)
  • May 15 Albert Verwey, Dutch poet/literature historian (Motion)
  • May 18 William Heinemann, England, publisher (Chemical Instrumental)
  • May 23 Epitácio Pessoa, 11th President of Brazil (Minas Gerais Republican: 1919-22), born in Umbuzeiro, Paraíba, Empire of Brazil (d. 1942)
  • May 25 Frederick Augustus III, King of Saxon (1904-18)
  • May 25 John Raleigh Mott, organizer (YMCA, Nobel 1946)
  • May 25 Pieter Zeeman, Dutch physicist (Zeeman effect, Nobel Prize 1902), born in Zonnemaire, Schouwen-Duiveland
  • May 26 Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Finnish painter, born in Pori, Finland (d. 1931)
  • May 26 Robert W. Chambers, American artist and fiction writer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1933)
  • May 28 Gerrit Grijns, Dutch physiologist (Vitamin E)

Deaths in History

  • May 21 Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, Danish Archaeologist, created Stone, Bronze, Iron age system, dies at 76
  • May 30 William Clarke Quantrill, criminal/Confederate bushwhacker, dies at 27