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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 3, 1861 General Winfield Scott orders troops to seize Arlington Heights, overlooking Washington D. C. Virginia
  Winfield Scott
  Washington D. C.
May 6, 1861 Arkansas secedes from the Union Arkansas
  Confederate Order of Secession
  Arkansas Ordinance of Secession
May 6, 1861 Tennessee votes to put the question of secession before the people in a popular referendum Tennessee
  Confederate Order of Secession
May 10, 1861 Nathaniel Lyons [US] takes control of St. Louis to end rioting, seizing Camp Jackson (Confederate militia) and 1200 1855 Springfield Rifles Missouri
  1855 Springfield Rifle
May 12, 1861 Benjamin Butler takes control of Federal Hill and threatens to fire on downtown Baltimore if Southern sympathizers protest. Maryland
  Benjamin Butler
May 13, 1861 George McClellan [US] appointed Commander, Department of Ohio. The following day he is promoted major general, his rank in the Ohio militia. Only General-in-Chief Winfield Scott held a higher rank Ohio
  George McClellan
  Army of the Ohio
May 13, 1861
May 15, 1861
The First Wheeling Convention West Virginia
  First Wheeling Convention
May 13, 1861 North Carolina elects delegates to the Secession Convention North Carolina
May 15, 1861 Robert Anderson promoted to Brigadier General
  Robert Anderson
May 15, 1861 Nathaniel Lyons [US] occupies Jefferson City, capital of Missouri Missouri
May 20, 1861 Kentucky declares its neutrality in the War Between The States Kentucky
  Confederate Order of Secession
May 20, 1861 Delegates to the North Carolina Secession Convention vote to withdraw from the Union North Carolina
  Confederate Order of Secession
  North Carolina Ordinance of Secession
May 21, 1861 Missouri declares its neutrality in the Civil War Missouri
  Confederate Order of Secession
May 21, 1861 Confederate Congress votes to move its capital from Montgomery to Richmond Alabama
Virginia
  Richmond, Virginia
May 21, 1861 Sterling Price signs an agreement with William Harney, essentially handing Missouri over to federal forces. Missouri
  Sterling Price
May 23, 1861 Virginia ratifies the Secessionist Convention referendum by a vote of 132,201 to 37,451 Virginia
  Confederate Order of Secession
  Virginia Secession Convention
May 23, 1861 John Floyd commissioned a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army
  John Floyd
May 23, 1861 Thomas Jackson strikes the B&O Railroad, capturing 56 locomotives
  Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
  Stonewall Jackson
May 24, 1861 Federal forces occupy Alexandria Virginia
May 24, 1861 Sterling Price refuses to disband his troops Missouri
  Sterling Price
May 24, 1861 Col. Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth of the 11th New York Fire Zouaves is killed in the Marshall House Inn in Alexandria, Virginia, after he and his men removed a Confederate flag. He is generally regarded as the first officer killed while on duty in the American Civil War. New York
  Civil War Firsts
  Encounter at the Marshall House
May 24, 1861 Benjamin Butler uses the term "contraband" to describe slaves who have crossed into the Northern camps
  Benjamin Butler
  contraband
  Civil War Firsts
May 28, 1861 Robert Anderson assumes command of the Department of Kentucky. Irvin McDowell assumes command of the Department of Northeastern Virginia Virginia
  Robert Anderson
  Irvin McDowell
May 28, 1861 Confederates seize the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad from Point of Rocks to Cumberland Maryland
West Virginia
  Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
May 30, 1861 At a convention in Knoxville, a group of Unionists denounce Tennessee's secessionist actions. Tennessee
May 31, 1861 P. G. T. Beauregard ordered to assume command of the Alexandria Line Virginia
  Army of Northern Virginia
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