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May 1, 1845 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is published
  Frederick Douglass
May 1, 1861 Robert E. Lee orders Stonewall Jackson to remove the weapons and equipment from the arsenal at Harpers Ferry West Virginia
Virginia
  Harpers Ferry
  Robert E. Lee
  Stonewall Jackson
May 1, 1862 Infantry under Benjamin Butler [US] begin entering the city of New Orleans Louisiana
  Battle of New Orleans
  Benjamin Butler
May 1, 1863
May 4, 1863
Battle of Chancellorsville

General "Fighting Joe" Hooker's Army of the Potomac is defeated by Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia as it crosses the Rappahannock on the way to Richmond

Union: 17,268

Confederate: 12,821
Virginia
  Robert E. Lee
  Joseph Hooker
  Bloodiest Civil War battles
  Stonewall Jackson
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  Lafayette McLaws
  Chancellorsville
  John Reynolds
  Darius Couch
  George Stoneman
May 1, 1863 "Stainless Banner" becomes the second Confederate Flag
  Flags of the Civil War
May 1, 1863
May 2, 1863
Battle of Chalk Bluff Arkansas
May 1, 1863 Skirmishing increased in eastern Alabama as Col. Abel Streight moved towards Rome Alabama
  Raid on Rome, Georgia
May 1, 1863 In a rally intended to be a reaction to Burnside's General Order 38, Clement Vallandigham criticizes Abraham Lincoln for not ending the Civil War, which he characterized as "wicked and cruel."
  Clement Vallandigham
May 1, 1864 Federal troops return to Alexandria. Heavy skirmishing will continue for days. Louisiana
  Red River Campaign

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