What Happened in January 1862

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 1st US income tax (3% of incomes > $600, 5% of incomes > $10,000)
  • Jan 1 Battle of Port Royal Ferry, South Carolina (US Civil War)

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Jan 3 Romney Campaign-Stonewall Jackson moves north from Winchester

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • Jan 4 Romney Campaign-Stonewall Jackson occupies Bath
  • Jan 7 Battle of Manassas Junction, VA
  • Jan 7 Romney Campaign; Stonewall Jackson march towards Romney, WV
  • Jan 9 The first petroleum shipment (1,329 barrels) from the U.S. to Europe arrives at Victoria Docks, London, England aboard the Elizabeth Watts
  • Jan 10 Battle of Big Sandy River, KY (Middle Creek)
  • Jan 10 Romney expedition, West Virginia starts (US Civil War)
  • Jan 16 Hartley Colliery disaster results in 204 deaths
  • Jan 17 -Jan 22nd) BBT Ft Henry, TN by USS Lexington
  • Jan 18 Confederate Territory of Arizona forms
  • Jan 19 Battle of Mill Springs, KY (Fishing Creek, Logan's Crossroads)
  • Jan 22 Confederate government raises premium for volunteers from $10 to $20
  • Jan 23 Agoston Haraszthy, 1st vintner in Sonoma Valley, California imports 10,000 grape vine cuttings
  • Jan 24 Romanian principality arises under King Alexander Cuza. Bucharest proclaimed its capital.

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Jan 26 Lincoln issues General War Order #1, calling for a Union offensive, General George McClellan ignores order

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
  • Jan 30 USS Monitor, the US Navy's 1st ironclad warship launched
  • Jan 31 Astronomer Alvan Graham Clark makes first observation of Sirius B (first known white dwarf star) in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts while testing his new telescope

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Snitz Edwards, Hungary, actor (College, Phantom of the Opera)
  • Jan 3 Sir Matthew Nathan, British Governor of Queensland and other places (d. 1939)
  • Jan 8 Frank Nelson Doubleday, publisher/founder (Doubleday & Co)
  • Jan 17 John E Akkeringa, Dutch painter/etcher
  • Jan 23 David Hilbert, K√∂nigsberg East Prussia, mathematician

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Jan 24 Edith Wharton [-Jones], Pulitzer prize-winning novelist (Ethan Frome, House of Mirth), born in New York City (d. 1937)

Pulitzer prize winning novelist Edith Wharton
Pulitzer prize winning novelist
Edith Wharton
  • Jan 29 Frederick Delius, Bradford England, composer (Hiawatha)
  • Jan 30 Walter Johannes Damrosch, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Mikhail Vasilievich Ostrogradsky, Russian physicist (b. 1801)
  • Jan 5 Joseph Frohlich, composer, dies at 81

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Jan 10 Samuel Colt, American inventor (6 shot revolver), dies at 47

Inventor/Industrialist Samuel Colt
Samuel Colt

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Jan 18 John Tyler, 10th US President (1841-45), dies in Richmond Va at 71

10th US President John Tyler
10th US President
John Tyler
  • Jan 20 Felix Zollicoffer, Gen killed after mistakenly riding into Union lines
  • Jan 24 James McIntosh, US confederate brig-gen, dies in battle at about 33