May 2 In Civil War History

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On this day in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag

May 2 Birthdays

1821 - Abram Sanders Piatt, American farmer, publisher, poet, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1908)
1837 - Henry Martyn Robert, American soldier and parliamentarian (Robert's Rules of Order), born in Robertville, South Carolina (d. 1927)

Thursday May 2 1861
  • No events on this date.
Friday May 2 1862
  • John Gibbon, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Skirmish at Litchfield, AR.
  • The Federal Dept. of Kansas is re-established, under the command of Brig. Gen. James G. Blunt, USA.
  • Skirmish near Deep Gully, Trenton Road, NC, with Lieut. Charles H. Pope, 1st RI Lt Art, Corporal Martindale is killed instantly.
  • Federal expedition from Trenton to Paris and Dresden, and skirmish near Lockridge's Mill, TN. (May 2-9)
  • Skirmishes at Trevillan's Depot and Louisa Court-House, VA.
Saturday May 2 1863
  • Lieut. Gen. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, CSA, is mortally wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville, VA, by a volley from his own men who had mistaken his envoy as Federal cavalry during Jackson's evening reconnaissance, requiring amputation of his left arm.
  • Douglas Hancock Cooper, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Skirmish at Black Creek, near Gadsden, AL, with Col. Streight, USA.
  • Action at Blount's Plantation, AL, with Col. Streight, USA.
  • Skirmish near Centre, AL, with Col. Streight's, USA, raid.
  • Federal expedition from Bowling Green, KY, to the Tennessee line. (May 2-6)
  • Skirmish at Roberts' Ford, Comite River, LA, with Col. Benjamin H. Grierson's, USA, Cavalry raid.
  • Skirmish on the South Fork of Bayou Pierre, MS, as Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant continues his advance on Vicksburg, MS.
  • Skirmish near Thompson's Station, TN.
  • Skirmish at Ely's Ford, near Fredericksburg, VA.
  • Maj. Gen. James Ewell Brown Stuart, CSA, is temporarily assigned to the command of the 2nd Army Corps, the Army of Northern Virginia, replacing Maj. Gen. A. P. Hill, CSA, who was wounded after taking over for the seriously wounded Lieut. Gen. Stonewall Jackson, CSA.
  • Skirmish near Louisa Court-House, VA, with Union Cavalry under Maj. Gen. George Stoneman, USA.
  • The Confederate forces under Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet, CSA, retire from the Suffolk, VA, vicinity, unable to assist Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA during the Chancellorsville campaign. (May 2-4)
  • Skirmish near Lewisburg, WV, with a Union Cavalry attack.
Monday May 2 1864
  • Skirmish with Indians on Kneeland's Prairie, CA, where the Federals surround a party of Indians, firing into the thick brush, killing squaws in the process; at least one Yankee was shot and had his throat cut.
  • Skirmish at Lee's Cross-Roads, near Tunnel Hill, GA.
  • Skirmish near Ringgold Gap, GA.
  • Skirmishes at Bayou Pierre, LA, the Red River (LA) Campaign. (May 2-3)
  • Skirmish at Wells' Plantation, LA, as Lieut. Gen. Richard Taylor, CSA, continues to harass Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks', USA, withdrawal to Alexandria, the Red River (LA) Campaign.
  • Skirmish at Wilson's Landing, LA, the Red River (LA) Campaign.
  • Brig. Gen. William H. Emory, USA, supersedes Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin, USA, in the command of the 19th US Army Corps, LA, the Red River (LA) Campaign.
  • Affair on Bee Creek, MO, where the Yankees attack and destroy a small guerrilla camp.
  • Skirmish at Bolivar, TN.
  • Federal scout in Hickman and Maury Counties, TN. (May 2-12)
  • Federal expeditions against the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, in southwestern VA. (May 2-19)
  • Federal expedition under the command of Brig. Gen. George Crook, USA, sets out from the Kanawha River, WV, for operations against the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad.
Tuesday May 2 1865
  • Affair on the Blue Earth River, Minnesota, where a party of Sioux Indians massacred a family of whites, consisting of 4 or 5 grown persons, and wounded a child.
  • Bvt. Brig. Gen. John E. Smith, USA, is assigned to the command the District of West Tennessee, vice Maj. Gen. Stephen Gano Burbridge, USA, is relieved of command.
  • President Jefferson Davis and his entourage arrive at Abbeville, SC, headed for Washington, GA. President Andrew Johnston puts a $100,000 reward out for the capture of Davis. The Confederate navy turns over their cargo of bullion and archives to Davis' escort commander, Brig. Gen. Basil Duke, and disbands. Confederate Secretary of the Navy, Stephen R. Mallory, officially resigns and leaves for La Grange, GA.
May 2 Deaths

1898 - Charles C. Walcutt, American general in the Union Army during the American Civil War, dies of an old war wound at 60 in Omaha, Nebraska.