02 May 2016


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:

  • 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.
  • 1955 - Tennessee Williams won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

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