Friday, May 5, 1865

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Army Events:

Operation: Brashear City, LA April 30 - May 12, 1865
Operations: Canyon City Road, OR January 1 - November 30, 1865
Expedition to: Carson Lake, Nevada Territory May 3 - June 15, 1865
Operation: Fort Adams, MS May 3 - 6, 1865
Expedition from: Fort Churchill, Nevada Territory May 3 - June 15, 1865
Scout: Fort Cummings, New Mexico Territory April 28 - May 13, 1865
Operation: Fort Laramie, Nebraska Territory April 1 - May 27, 1865
Expedition to: Fredericksburg, VA May 5 - 8, 1865
Expedition to: Humboldt River, Nevada Territory May 3 - June 15, 1865
Affair: Mullahla's Station, Nebraska Territory May 5, 1865
Expedition to: New Market, AL May 5 - 13, 1865
Scout: Noble's Farm, AR May 4 - 6, 1865
Skirmish: Perche Hills, MO May 5, 1865
Scout: Pine Bluff, AR May 4 - 6, 1865
Expedition to: Port Gibson, MS May 3 - 6, 1865
Expedition from: Pulaski, TN May 5 - 13, 1865
Expedition from: Rodney, MS May 3 - 6, 1865
Operation: Shenandoah Valley, VA April 26 - May 5, 1865
Expedition from: St. Louis, MO April 29 - June 11, 1865
Expedition to: Truckee River, Nevada Territory May 3 - June 15, 1865
Expedition to: Wind River, Dakota Territory May 3 - 21, 1865

Appointment: Colonel Charles Everett, 2nd Louisiana Infantry, USA, is assigned command of the Federal District of Bonnet Carre, Louisiana

(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:

During this period [May 1-15], Shenandoah "made northings" towards the Bering Sea whaling ground through pleasant seas that would soon change in the high parallels. After departing Lea Harbor, Ponape, in the Caroline Islands, on 13 April, the lone raider had experienced fine cruising-except for lack of prizes. Waddell wrote:
"Never in our various experience of sea life had any of us seen such or more charming weather than we now enjoyed. The sun shone with a peculiar brilliancy and the moon shed that clear, soft light which is found in this locality, in which the heavens seem so distant and so darkly blue, while the vast expanse of ocean was like a great reflecting mirror. The track for vessels bound from San Francisco and many of the ports, on the west coast of America to Hong Kong lies between the parallels in north latitude of 17º and 20º Here the winds are better than are found in a more northerly route, while the track to San Francisco and other ports along the west coast of America from China lies between the parallels of 35º and 45º, because here west winds prevail . . ."

"After the vessel had reached the parallel of 43º north the weather became cold and foggy and the winds were variable and unsteady, and that ever reliable friend of the sailor, the barometer, indicated atomspheric changes."

"The ship was prepared for the change of weather which was rapidly approaching. Soon the ocean was boiling with agitation, and if the barometer had been silent, I would have called it only a furious tide but a dark, then a black cloud, was hurrying towards us from the N. E. and so close did it rest upon the surface of the water that is seemed determined to overwhelm the. ship, and there came in it so terrible and violent a wind that the Shenandoah was thrown on her side. . . ."

"Squall after squall struck her, flash after flash surrounded her, and the thunder rolled in her wake. It was the typhoon. The ocean was as white as the snow and foamed with rage. A new close-reefed main topsail was blown into shreds, and the voice of man was inaudible amid this awful convolution of nature. . . ."

(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:

Connecticut becomes the 20th state to ratify the 13th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, which abolishes slavery.

Confederate President Jefferson Davis and the few remaining remnants of Confederate authority arrive at Sandersville, Georgia, with Davis fearing for his life.

(Source: The Chronological Tracking Of The American Civil War Per The Offical Records Of The War of the Rebellion pp. 1-336. Ronald A. Mosocco.)
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