On This Day

What Happened on August 5, 1861

Day of the Week: Monday

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