Daily Archives: May 7, 2014

Grant moves south, Battle of the Wilderness ends 150 years ago today (May 7 1864)


Video: 'Ulysses S. Grant and the Battle of the Wilderness' (May 7, 1864, at 34:17)

(Saturday, May 7, 1864; during the Overland Campaign of the American Civil War) — Following two days of intense fighting in the Battle of the Wilderness, the Army of the Potomac, under the command of Union General Ulysses S. Grant, moved south today.

Grant’s forces had clashed with Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia in a pitched and confused two-day battle in which neither side gained a clear victory.

Vietnamese insurgents overrun French forces at Dien Bien Phu 60 years ago this hour (May 7 1954)


Video: 'War in Vietnam : Documentary on the Battle of Dien Bien Phu' (May 7, 1954, at 23:39)

(Friday, May 7, 1954, 5:30 p.m. local time; during the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, part of the First Indochina War) — The 55-day Battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam ended today with Vietnamese insurgents overrunning French forces and ultimately ending French involvement in Indochina. Continue reading Vietnamese insurgents overrun French forces at Dien Bien Phu 60 years ago this hour (May 7 1954)