On This Day

What Happened on August 5, 1862

Historical Events

  • Battle of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Union forces prevent Confederate attempts to capture the city

Famous Birthdays

  • Joseph Merrick, "The Elephant Man", born in Leicester, England (d. 1890)

Famous Deaths

  • Thomas Williams, US Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 47
1862 Highlights

About August 5, 1862

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 159 years, 4 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Leo