Sunday, May 8, 1864

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Army Events:

Dam: Alexandria, LA April 30 - May 10, 1864
Skirmish: Alexandria, LA May 2 - 9, 1864
Occupation of: Alexandria, LA April - May 13, 1864
Scout: Alpine, GA May 1864
Combat: Alsop's Farm, VA May 8, 1864
Campaign: Atlanta, GA May 1 - September 8, 1864
Raid: Averill's Raid May 5 - 19, 1864
Campaign: Banks' Red River Campaign March 10 - May 22, 1864
Skirmish: Bayou Roberts, LA May 8, 1864
Skirmish: Bayou Teche, LA May 6 - 8, 1864
Combat: Buzzard's Roost Gap, GA May 8 - 9, 1864
Operation: Calcasieu Pass, LA May 6 - 10, 1864
Operation: Charleston Harbor, SC January 1 - November 13, 1864
Skirmish: Cherokee Bay, AR May 8, 1864
Expedition to: Coos Bay, Oregon April 21 - May 12, 1864
Combat: Corbin's Bridge, VA May 8, 1864
Scout: Craighead County, AR May 5 - 9, 1864
Skirmish: Decatur, AL May 8, 1864
Combat: Dug Gap, GA May 8, 1864
Expedition from: Fort Dalles, OR Territory April 20 - October 26, 1864
Expedition from: Fort Walla Walla, Washington Territory April 20 - October 26, 1864
Scouts: Hickman County, TN May 2 - 12, 1864
Expedition up: James River, VA May 4 - June 12, 1864
Action: Jarratt's Station, VA May 8, 1864
Skirmish: Jeffersonville, VA May 8, 1864
Skirmish: Jenkins' Ferry, AR May 8, 1864
Raids: Kautz's Raids, VA May 5 - 17, 1864
Combat: Laurel Hill, VA May 8, 1864
Scout: Lawrence County, AR May 5 - 9, 1864
Skirmish: Lost River Gap, WV May 1864
Scouts: Maury County, TN May 2 - 12, 1864
Skirmish: Maysville, AR May 8, 1864
Expedition from: Memphis, TN April 30 - May 9, 1864
Skirmish: Middle Bayou, LA May 8, 1864
Combat: Mill Creek Gap, GA May 8 - 9, 1864
Expedition to: New Market, VA April 30 - May 16, 1864
Action: Nottoway Railroad Bridge, VA May 8, 1864
Scout: Patterson, MO May 6 - 11, 1864
Raid: Petersburg and Weldon Railroad, VA May 5 - 11, 1864
Skirmish: Piney Branch Ford, VA May 8, 1864
Skirmish: Randolph County, MO May 8, 1864
Campaign: Rapidan, VA May 4 - June 12, 1864
Campaign: Red River, LA March 10 - May 22, 1864
Demonstration: Resaca, GA May 8 - 13, 1864
Operation: Richmond & Petersburg R. B., VA May 8 - 21, 1864
Expedition to: Ripley, MS April 30 - May 9, 1864
Skirmish: Robert Bayou, LA May 8, 1864
Demonstration: Rocky Faced Ridge, GA May 8 - 11, 1864
Expedition to: Southeastern Oregon April 20 - October 26, 1864
Battles: Spottsylvania Court House, VA May 8 - 21, 1864
Skirmish: Teche Bayou, LA May 6 - 8, 1864
Engagement: Todd's Tavern, VA May 7 - 8, 1864
Expedition from: Vicksburg, MS March 10 - May 24, 1864
Expedition from: Vicksburg, MS May 4 - 21, 1864
Expedition to: Virginia and Tennessee Railroad May 2 - 19, 1864
Expedition from: Walla Walla, Washington Territory April 20 - October 26, 1864
Skirmish: White's Bridge, VA May 8, 1864
Expedition to: Yazoo City, MS May 4 - 21, 1864



Relieved of Command: Lieutenant General Ambrose Powell Hill, CSA, is relieved of command of the 3rd Army Corps, Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, due to illness
Appointment: Major General Jubal A. Early, CSA, is assigned temporary command of the 3rd Army Corps, Confederate Army of Northern Virginia
Death: Brigadier General Leroy Augustus Stafford, CSA, dies from his wounds received while leading his men during first day fighting in the Battle of the Wilderness, May 5, 1864
Death: Major General James Samuel Wadsworth, USA, dies in a Confederate field hospital from a Confederate minie ball which lodged in his brain, while he rode his horse leading his troops during second day fighting in the Battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864

(Source: Compendium of the War of the Rebellion Vol. I, p. 660-991. Frederick H. Dyer; The Chronological Tracking Of The American Civil War Per The Offical Records Of The War of the Rebellion pp. 1-336. Ronald A. Mosocco.)


Naval Events:

Colonel Bailey and his regiments of Maine and New York soldiers succeeded, after eight days of grueling work, in nearly completing the dam across the Red River at Alexandria, and hopes rose that Rear Admiral Porter would be able to save the Mississippi Squadron, marooned above the rapids. On 9 May, two of the stone-filled barges which had been sunk as parts of the dam gave way under the increasing pressure of the backed-up water. The barges, however, swung into position to form a chute over the rapids, and Porter quickly ordered his lighter draft vessels to attempt a passage through the gap. As the water was falling, ironclads Osage and Neosho and wooden steamers Fort Hindman and Lexington careened over the rapids with little damage. As Porter later recalled about this thrilling moment: "Thirty thousand voices rose in one deafening cheer, and universal joy seemed to pervade the face of every man present." But all of Porter's vessels were not yet safe, as the larger ships of the squadron remained above the falls. "The accident to the dam," the Admiral related, "instead of disheartening Colonel Bailey, only induced him to renew his exertions, after he had seen the success of getting four vessels through." Bailey and his men, despite the fact that eight days of the heaviest labor had been swept away, turned immediately to work on a new dam.

(Source: Civil War Naval Chronology 1861-1865. pp. I:1-41; II:1-117; III:1-170; IV:1-152; V:1-134. 1971: Naval History Division, Navy Department.)


Additional Information:

The Battle at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia. (VA048) (Grant's Overland Campaign [May-June 1864]).

The Battle of Rocky Face Ridge, Georgia. (GA007) (Atlanta Campaign [May 7 - September 2, 1864]).

(Source: Civil War Sites Advisory Commission Report: Battle Summaries. National Park Service. In The Civil War Battlefield Guide, 2nd ed., 1998. Edited by Frances H. Kennedy.)




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