December 1862 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 5 Battle of Coffeeville, MS
  • Dec 6 US President Lincoln orders hanging of 39 Santee Sioux indians
  • Dec 7 Battle of Hartsville, TN
  • Dec 7 Battle of Prairie Grove, AR
  • Dec 12 Battle of Dumfries, Virginia
  • Dec 12 Naval Engagement at Yazoo River, MS (USS CAIRO torpedoed)
  • Dec 13 Battle of Fredericksburg, VA (Marye's Heights)
  • Dec 14 Battle of Kinston, North Carolina (US Civil War)
  • Dec 16 Kingdom of Nepal accepts its constitution

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Dec 17 General Ulysses S. Grant issues order #11, expelling Jews from Tennessee

US President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant
US President & Union General
Ulysses S. Grant
  • Dec 18 Battle at Lexington, Tennessee (Forrest's Second Raid)
  • Dec 19 Skirmish at Jackson/Salem Church, Tenn (80 casualties)
  • Dec 20 -Dec 20th] Battle of Kelly's Ford, VA
  • Dec 20 -Jan 3rd] Vicksburg campaign
  • Dec 20 Confederate raid on Union supplies at Holly Springs, Mississippi

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Dec 20 Brig-gen Nathan Bedford Forrest occupies Trenton, Kentucky

Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest
Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard
Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • Dec 22 -Jan 2nd) Raid on Morgan's: Bardstown to Elizabethtown, KY

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Dec 23 Union General Ben "Beast" Butler is proclaimed a "felon, outlaw & common enemy of mankind" by Jefferson Davis

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • Dec 26 -Dec 28th) Battle of Dumfries, VA
  • Dec 26 1st US navy hospital ship enters service
  • Dec 26 38 Santee Sioux Indians hanged in Mankato Minnesota, due to their uprising
  • Dec 27 Battle of Chickasaw Bluffs, MS (Chickasaw Bayou)
  • Dec 27 Battle of Elizabethtown, KY

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Dec 29 Battle of Chichasaw Bayou: confederate armies defeat General William T. Sherman

  • Dec 29 Bowling ball invented
  • Dec 31 -Jan 20th) Battle of Stone's River/Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennesse in American Civil War
  • Dec 31 President Lincoln signs act admitting West Virginia to the Union
  • Dec 31 Skirmish at Parker Cross Roads, Tennessee
  • Dec 31 Union ironclad ship "Monitor" sank off Cape Hatteras, NC

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 3 Jules Renkin, Belgian jurist/minister/premier (1931-32)
  • Dec 7 Paul Adam, French writer (La Bataille d'Uhde)
  • Dec 8 Georges Feydeau, French playwright (La Dame de Chez Maxim's)
  • Dec 14 Alexander V Amfiteatrov, Russian/French/Italian writer [OS]
  • Dec 14 John M Acket, Dutch literary (Grammatic Conceptions)
  • Dec 16 Eugene Demolder, Belgian writer (Sous la robe)
  • Dec 23 Henri Pirenne, Belgian historian (History of Belgium)
  • Dec 26 Alexander V Amfiteatrov, Russian/French/Italian writer [NS]

Deaths in History

  • Dec 7 Sylvester Churchill, US Union brig-general, dies
  • Dec 13 Conrad Feger Jackson, US Union Brig-General, dies in Battle of Fredericksburg at 49
  • Dec 13 Maxcy Gregg, US Confederate Brig-General, dies in Battle of Fredericksburg at 48
  • Dec 13 Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb, Confederate Brig-General, dies in Battle of Fredericksburg at 39
  • Dec 14 George Dashiell Bayard, Union Brigadier General, dies at 27
  • Dec 18 Johnson Kelly Duncan, architect/Confederate brig-generaal, dies at 35 of malarial fever
  • Dec 20 Robert Knox Scottish surgeon, anatomist and zoologist
  • Dec 31 James Edward Rains, lawyer/Confederate brig-gen, dies in Battle of Stone's River at 29
  • Dec 31 Joshua Woodrow Sill, US Union brig-general, dies in Battle of Stone's River at 31