On This Day

What Happened on August 5, 1861

Historical Events

  • Naval Engagement at Fernandina, Florida, the USS Vincennes ends rebel blockade
  • President Lincoln signs the first US personal Income Tax into law (3% of incomes over $800)
  • Union enlistment increases from 3 months to 2 years
  • US Army abolishes flogging
1861 Highlights

About August 5, 1861

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 159 years, 3 months and 20 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Leo