Chancellorsville – Today In Southern History

2 May 1863  

On this date in 1863…

Confederate forces totally routed Federal troops at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Stonewall Jackson was wounded by friendly fire while scouting forward positions that evening and lost an arm. General Robert E. Lee was reported to have said, “He may have lost his left arm, but I have lost my right arm.”  Jackson later died of pneumonia.

Other Years:

  • 1776 – France and Spain agreed to donate arms to American patriots fighting the British. 
  • 1865 – U.S. President Andrew Johnson offered $100,000 bounty for the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. 
  • 1871 – Indians raided settlements near Fort Seldon, in southern New Mexico. Cavalry pursued the Indians for more than 200 miles, but failed to catch them.
  • 1890 – The Territory of Oklahoma was created from confiscated Indian lands in Indian Territory.
  • 1922 – WBAP-AM began broadcasting from Fort Worth, Texas.
  • 1954 – Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals set a new major league record when he hit 5 home runs against the New York Giants.
  • 1955 – Tennessee Williams won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
  • 1993 – Federal and state authorities announced they had recovered the remains of David Koresh from the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas.

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