What Happened in September 1861

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Grant assumes command of Federal forces at Cape Girardeau MI
  • Sep 1 Skirmishes at Boone Court House WV & Blue Creek WV
  • Sep 3 Confederate forces enter Kentucky, thus ending its neutrality

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Sep 6 General Ulysses S. Grant occupies Paducah, Kentucky

Union General and US President Ulysses S. Grant
Union General and US President
Ulysses S. Grant
  • Sep 9 Nurse Sally Tompkins is officially commissioned as an officer (and its only woman officer) by the Confederate US Army
  • Sep 10 -15] Battle at Cheat Mountain, Elkwater, West Virginia
  • Sep 10 Battle of Carnifex Ferry Virginia, 170 casualites
  • Sep 13 1st naval battle of Civil War, Union frigate "Colorado" sinks privateer "Judah" off Pensacola, Fla
  • Sep 16 Battle of Princeton, WV
  • Sep 16 British Post Office Savings Banks opens
  • Sep 17 First class for escaped slaves taught by Mary Peake at Fortress Monroe Virginia (now Hampton University).
  • Sep 20 Battle of Lexington, MI-captured by Union
  • Sep 22 Fort Fauntleroy (Wingate), rapes Navaho Indians
  • Sep 25 Secretary of US Navy authorizes enlistment of slaves
  • Sep 26 2nd British Golf Open: Tom Morris Sr shoots a 163 at Prestwick Club

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 10 Niels Hansen Jacobsen, Danish sculptor and ceramist (d. 1941)
  • Sep 11 Juhani Aho, Fins journalist/writer (Panu, Tuomio)
  • Sep 17 Owen Seaman, poet/editor (Punch)
  • Sep 20 Herbert Putnam, Librarian of Congress (d. 1955)
  • Sep 23 Robert Bosch, German inventor and industrialist (d. 1942)
  • Sep 28 Pedro De Cordoba, American actor (Club Havana, Swamp Fire, Saboteur), born in NYC, New York (d. 1950)
  • Sep 28 Amélie of Orléans, queen of Portugal (d. 1951)
  • Sep 30 William Wrigley Jr., American industrialist (Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company) (d. 1932)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 26 Political cartoonist Thomas Nast (21) weds Sarah Edwards (20) in USA

Political Cartoonist Thomas Nast
Political Cartoonist
Thomas Nast

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 14 Fortunato Santini, composer, dies at 83