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May 1, 1862 Infantry under Benjamin Butler [US] begin entering the city of New Orleans Louisiana
  Battle of New Orleans
  Benjamin Butler
May 5, 1862 Battle of Williamsburg

Major General James Longstreet [CS] nearly defeats Major General "Fighting Joe" Hooker [US] during a rear-guard action.
Virginia
  Peninsula Campaign
  James Longstreet
  Lafayette McLaws
  George McClellan
  Battle of Williamsburg
  William Farrar Smith
  Winfield Scott Hancock
  Jubal Anderson Early
  Joseph Hooker
  Samuel Garland
  Samuel Heintzelman
May 7, 1862 Battle of West Point
Battle of Eltham's Landing

General William B. Franklin [US] skirmishes with General John Bell Hood [CS]
Virginia
  John Bell Hood
  William B. Franklin
  Peninsula Campaign
May 8, 1862 Battle of McDowell

Stonewall Jackson defeats Robert Milroy in the Shenandoah Valley
Virginia
  Stonewall Jackson
May 9, 1862 General David Hunter [US] frees the slaves in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida
  The Emancipation of Slaves
May 9, 1862 Confederates withdraw from Norfolk, destroying the base as they leave Virginia
  Benjamin Huger
  Peninsula Campaign
May 10, 1862 Federal mortar boats, shelling Fort Pillow, are attacked by a makeshift Confederate fleet. The U. S. responds in force, with ironclads. Although the 8 Confederate boats manage to sink 2 ironclads (the Cincinnati and Mound City) the battle of Plum Run Bend or Plum Point ended when the Rebels withdrew to Fort Pillow Tennessee
May 10, 1862 Confederates destroy Naval Base at Pensacola Florida
May 11, 1862 Confederate soldiers scuttle the C.S.S. Virginia near Norfolk Virginia
May 15, 1862 Battle of Drewry's Bluff
Battle of Proctor Creek

  Peninsula Campaign
May 15, 1862 Benjamin Butler issues Order Number 28, directing his troops to treat any woman who insults them as they would a woman "plying her advocation (a prostitute)." It was this order that led to his title, the Beast of New Orleans Louisiana
  Benjamin Butler
May 19, 1862 Lincoln rescinds David Hunter's emancipation of the slaves in his department and uses the opportunity to call for a gradual emancipation
  Abraham Lincoln
  The Emancipation of Slaves
May 20, 1862 Lincoln signs the Homestead Act, giving citizens 21 years or older the right to buy 160 acres of land in the West
  Abraham Lincoln
May 23, 1862 Battle of Front Royal Virginia
  Stonewall Jackson
May 25, 1862 Battle of Winchester,

Stonewall Jackson [CS] defeats Nathaniel Banks [US]
Virginia
  Stonewall Jackson
  Nathaniel Banks
May 25, 1862 Halleck arrives outside of Corinth. It has taken him 26 days to march 20 miles, virtually unopposed Mississippi
  Henry Halleck
May 27, 1862 Battle of Hanover Court House Virginia
  George McClellan
  Peninsula Campaign
  Gouverneur K. Warren
  Fitz-John Porter
May 30, 1862 Confederates evacuate Corinth Mississippi
  P. G. T. Beauregard
  Army of Mississippi
May 31, 1862
June 1, 1862
Battle of Seven Pines [US]
Battle of Fair Oaks [CS]
Virginia
  Joseph E. Johnston
  George McClellan
  Peninsula Campaign
  Battle of Fair Oaks - Seven Pines
  James Longstreet
  Edwin Vose Sumner
  John B. Gordon
  Oliver O. Howard
  Daniel Harvey Hill
  Benjamin Huger
  John Sedgwick
  Samuel Garland
  Darius Couch
May 31, 1862 Joseph E. Johnston severly wounded during the Battle of Fair Oaks Virginia
  Joseph E. Johnston
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March, 1862 July, 1862 November, 1862
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