05/08, May 8th In Civil War History


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

May 8, 1827 - Col. Henry Leavenworth reports he has established a fort on the Missouri River, the first U. S. fort in present-day Kansas

May 8, 1840 - Democratic National Convention in Baltimore nominates Martin Van Buren for President.

May 8, 1846 - Zachary Taylor wins the battle of Palo Alto - Mexican American War.

May 8, 1860 - May 9, 1860 - The Constitution Union Party, meeting in Baltimore, creates a platform taken heavily from the U. S. Constitution and selects John Bell of Tennessee for President and Edward Everett of Massachusetts for Vice-President. It represents southern Whigs and Know-nothings (American Party). Sometimes called the Bell-Union Party.

May 8, 1861 - The US steamer Baltic, and the USS Constitution, prepare to move the US Naval Academy from Baltimore, MD, to Newport, RI, due to the unrest in Maryland.

May 8, 1861 - Richmond, Virginia, is named the capital of the Confederacy

May 8, 1862 - Skirmish at Elkton Station, near Athens, AL.

May 8, 1862 - Confederate arsenal at Baton Rouge, LA, is captured by a landing party from the USS Iroquois.

May 8, 1862 - Federal reconnaissance toward Corinth, MS, by Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, USA.

May 8, 1862 - Skirmish at Glendale, near Corinth, MS.

May 8, 1862 - Maj. Gen. William W. Loring, CSA, is assigned to the command of the Army of Southwest Virginia.

May 8, 1862 - US Naval demonstration upon Sewell's Point, off Hampton, VA.

May 8, 1862 - Battle of McDowell - Stonewall Jackson defeats Robert Milroy in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.

May 8, 1863 - Skirmish near Grove Church, VA.

May 8, 1864 - May 19, 1864 - Battle of Spotsylvania Court House - In an inconclusive battle, General Ulysses S. Grant [US] and Robert E. Lee [CS] battle for days southwest of Fredericksburg.

May 8, 1864 - Brig. Gen. Leroy Augustus Stafford, CSA, dies at Richmond, VA, from wounds received during the first day of the Battle of the Wilderness, VA, on May 5.

May 8, 1864 - Maj. Gen. James Samuel Wadsworth, USA, dies in a Confederate field hospital from his battle wound received May 6, at the Battle of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, VA.

May 8, 1864 - Skirmish 10 miles northeast of Maysville, AR.

May 8, 1864 - Federal demonstration against Resaca, with combats at Snake Creek Gap, Sugar Valley, and near Resaca, GA. (May 8-13)

May 8, 1864 - Federal demonstration against Rocky Face Ridge, with combats at Buzzard Roost or Mill Creek Gap, and Dug Gap, GA.

May 8, 1864 - Skirmish at Bayou Robert, LA, the Red River (LA) Campaign.

May 8, 1864 - Maj. Gen. Jubal A. Early, CSA, is assigned to the command of the 3rd Confederate Army Corps, the Army of Northern Virginia, replacing Lieut. Gen. A. P. Hill, CSA, who has taken ill.

May 8, 1864 - Affair at Halltown, WV, where the Union pickets are attacked.

May 8, 1864 - Skirmish at Jeffersonville, WV, during the Federal operations on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad.

May 8, 1865 - James Meech Warner, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.

May 8, 1865 - Federal expedition from Spring Hill, AL, to Baton Rouge, LA. (May 8-22)

may 8, 1865 - Skirmish near Readsville, Callaway County, MO, as bushwhackers dressed in Union uniform, try to fool an advancing Yankee command; when that fails, the bushwhackers fire and disperse the Union cavalry.

May 8, 1865 - Federal scout against guerrillas in Saline, La Fayette, and Cooper Counties, MO. (May 8-10)

May 8, 1865 - Federal scout from Plum Creek to Midway Station, the Nebraska Territory, against the Indians who attacked the wagon train near Mullahla's Station on May 5. (May 8-20)

May 8, 1871 - Treaty of Washington submits claims arising from the sinking of the CSS Alabama to an international tribunal in Geneva