Historical Events in January 1862

  • 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