Events in History in May 1865

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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 the end 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