05/04, May 4th In Civil War History


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Mar 3, 2017
This date in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag

May 4, 1858 - James Buchanan signs the English Bill.

May 4, 1861 - The US Ordnance Stores are seized at Kansas City, MO.

May 4, 1861 - Col. G. A. Porterfield, CSA, is assigned to command of the States forces in Northwestern Virginia (WV).

May 4, 1862 - Tucson, the New Mexico Territory, is evacuated by the Confederate forces there.

May 4, 1862 - Skirmish at Farmington Heights, near Corinth, MS, by Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, USA.

May 4, 1862 - Skirmish at Licking, MO.

May 4, 1862 - Federal raid on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad near Bethel and skirmish near Purdy, TN.

May 4, 1862 - Skirmish at Pulaski, TN.

May 4, 1862 - Skirmish at Columbia Bridge, VA.

May 4, 1862 - Federal reconnaissance to Culpeper Court-House, VA. (May 4-5)

May 4, 1862 - Yorktown, VA is occupied by the Union forces, moving on toward Williamsburg, VA.

May 4, 1862 - Skirmishes near Williamsburg, VA, with Brig. Gen. George B. Stoneman, USA, Chief of Cavalry, and Brig. Gen. JEB Stuart, CSA, and his Confederate Cavalry.

May 4, 1862 - Skirmish at Franklin, WV.

May 4, 1862 - Skirmish at Princeton, WV.

May 4, 1863 - Maj. Gen. Amiel Weeks Whipple, USA, is mortally wounded during the fighting around Chancellorsville, VA, receiving his death wound from a Confederate sharpshooter in the stomach.

May 4, 1863 - Federal expedition to the Snake Indian Country, the Idaho Territory, against the Snake Indians. (May 4-Oct 26)

May 4, 1863 - Engagement at Fort De Russy, the Red River, LA, with the US gunboat, Albatross, suffering severe damage, against the Rebel gunboat, CSS Cotton.

May 4, 1863 - Skirmish at Hankinson's Ferry, MS.

May 4, 1863 - The unsuccessful attempt of the Federal tugboat, George Sturgis, to pass the Vicksburg, MS, batteries, as she was sunk.

May 4, 1863 - Operations about Lexington, MO.

May 4, 1863 - Affair at Murray's Inlet, SC.

May 4, 1863 - Affair near Nashville, TN.

May 4, 1863 - Skirmishes at Flemmings' (Shannon's) Cross-Roads, Tunstall's Station, and Ashland Church, VA, with Maj. Gen. Stoneman, USA.

May 4, 1863 - Skirmishes at Hungary Station, Tunstall's Station, Hanovertown Ferry, and at Aylett's, VA. (May 4-5)

May 4, 1863 - Skirmish at Leesville, VA, effectively ending the Confederate Suffolk, VA, Campaign, under Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet, CSA.

May 4, 1863 - Action at Salem Church, VA, as Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker withdraws the Army of the Potomac across the Rappahannock River, ending the Chancellorsville, VA, Campaign. Total casualties surpass 30,000.
Federal scout from Winchester, VA, into Hampshire County, WV. (May 4-9)

May 4, 1864 - The final Spring Campaigns of the Civil War began as the Army of the Potomac crossed the Rapidan River in Virginia and three smaller armies (Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland) pushed deeper into Georgia.

Mzy 4, 1864 - Skirmish on the Varnell's Station Road, GA, as Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA, prepared to move on Atlanta, GA.

May 4, 1864 - Maj. Gen. Frank P. Blair, Jr, assumes the command of the 17th US Army Corps, GA.

May 4, 1864 - Skirmish at Ashwood Landing, LA.

May 4, 1864 - Skirmish in Doubtful Canon, Steen's Peak, the New Mexico Territory, where the Yankees are attacked by Apache Indians while enroute from Fort Cummings to Fort Bowie. The Federals report killing 10 and wounding another 20 more Apaches.

May 4, 1864 - Federal expedition from Vicksburg to Yazoo City, MS, with skirmishes at Benton (May 7 & 9), at Luce's Plantation, (May 13), with Brig. Gen. John McArthur, USA, skirmishing with Brig. Gen. Wirt Adams, CSA.

May 4, 1864 - Engagement at David's Ferry, LA, with the destruction of the US steamer, Covington, and the capture of the US steamers, Signal, and Warner, the Red River (LA) Campaign. (May 4-5)

May 4, 1864 - Operations about New Berne and in the Albemarle Sound, NC, with skirmishes on the Trent Road, (May 4) on the south side of the Trent River, (May 5) the engagement with the Confederate ironclad ram, the Albemarle, (May 5) and the surrender of the Union outpost at Croatan, NC. (May 5). (May 4-6)

May 4, 1864 - Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River, VA, as Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, orders Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, USA, to move the Army of the Potomac across the Rapidan River, advancing on Gen. Robert E. Lee's, CSA, flank toward Richmond, VA, as Lee moved up from around Orange Court House, VA. The Overland Campaign. (May 4-Jun 12)

May 4, 1864 - Skirmish near Chancellorsville, VA, with Lee and Meade.

May 4, 1864 - Operations on the South Side of the James River, VA, as Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Bulter, USA, and Army of the James, started out in transports and prepared to attack Richmond, VA, from the south. (May 4-Jun 2)

May 4, 1864 - Affair at Callaghan's Station, WV, as the Federals move against the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad

May 4, 1864 - The radical Wade-Davis Reconstruction Act passes in the U. S. House.

May 4, 1865 - Skirmish at Wetumpka, AL, the Mobile, AL, Campaign.

May 4, 1865 - Federal scout from Pine Bluff to Noble's Farm, AR, against a lawless band of robbers. (May 4-6)
May 4, 1865 - Skirmish with guerrillas at the Star House, 2 miles from Lexington, MO. The attacking guerrillas are repulsed.

May 4, 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America is laid to rest, returning to his hometown of Springfield. IL.

May 4, 1865 - General Richard Taylor [CS] surrenders the remaining troops in Alabama and Mississippi based on an agreement signed two days earlier.

May 4, 1885 - General Irvin McDowell dies, San Francisco, California