Deaths in History in May 1864

  • May 5 Alexander Hays, US Union-general-major, dies in battle at 44
  • May 5 John Marshall Jones, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 43
  • May 5 Leroy A Stafford, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 42
  • May 6 Henry Livermore Abbott, US Union brigadier general, dies in battle
  • May 6 Micah Jenkins, Confederate brigadier general (friendly fire), dies at 28
  • May 8 James Samuel Wadsworth, gen-mjr (Union), dies in battle at 56
  • May 9 John Sedgwick, American Major General (Union Army), is shot in battle after claiming "they couldn't hit an elephant at this distance" at 50
  • May 9 Thomas Donnely Doubleday, US Union Col, dies in an accident
  • May 10 James Clay Rice, lawyer/Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 34
  • May 10 Thomas Greeley Stevenson, Union brigadier general, dies at about 27
  • May 12 Abner Monroe Perrin, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 37

Person of interestJ.E.B. Stuart

May 12 J.E.B. Stuart [James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart], Confederate General, dies at 31

Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart
Confederate General
J.E.B. Stuart
  • May 13 Junius Daniel, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 35
  • May 14 William N Green Jr, Union brigadier general, dies
  • May 16 Lean Bear, Cheyenne chief, murdered
  • May 18 James Byron Gordon, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 41

Person of interestNathaniel Hawthorne

May 19 Nathaniel Hawthorne, American writer (The Scarlet Letter), dies at 59

  • May 20 John Clare, English poet (Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery), dies at 70
  • May 26 Charles Sealsfield, Austrian-American writer, dies at 71
  • May 28 Henry H Giesy, US Union-brigadier general, dies in battle
  • May 28 Simion Bărnuţiu, Romanian philosopher and liberal politician, dies at 55
  • May 30 James Barbour Terrill, US attorney/Confederate brigadier general, dies at 26