What Happened in July 1862

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Battle at Booneville Mississippi: Confederate superior power driven out
  • Jul 1 Congress outlaws polygamy for the 1st time
  • Jul 1 Battle of Malvern Hill [Poindexter's Farm], day 7 of 7 days battles, Union forces repel Confederate attack, Tactical Union victory (US Civil War)
  • Jul 1 Emperor Alexander II grants Jews right to publish books
  • Jul 1 US Internal Revenue Law imposes 1st federal taxes on inheritance, tobacco & on incomes over $600 (progressive rate)
  • Jul 1 The Russian State Library is founded.
  • Jul 2 Lincoln signs act granting land for state agricultural colleges

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Jul 4 Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) creates Alice in Wonderland for Alice Liddell on a family boat trip on the river Isis (Thames) in Oxford

Author and Mathematician Lewis Carroll
Author and Mathematician
Lewis Carroll
  • Jul 4 R Morgan's: Tomkinsville, KY to Somerset, KY [->JUL 28]
  • Jul 6 Skirmish at Devall's Bluff, Arkansas (106 casualties)
  • Jul 7 Land Grant Act endows state colleges with federal land
  • Jul 8 Theodore R. Timby is granted a US patent for discharging guns in a revolving turret, using electricity
  • Jul 9 Gen John Hunt Morgan captures Tompkinsville, Ky
  • Jul 10 US begins construction of Central Pacific Railroad
  • Jul 11 Lincoln appoints General Halleck general-in-chief
  • Jul 12 US Congress authorizes Medal of Honor
  • Jul 12 Federal troops occupy Helena, Arkansas
  • Jul 13 Battle of Murfreesboro, fought in Rutherford County, Tennessee begins (Forrest's Raid), Confederate victory (US Civil War)
  • Jul 15 CSS Arkansas vs USS Cardondelet & Queen of the West engage at Yazoo R

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Jul 16 David Farragut is 1st Rear Admiral in US Navy

US Civil War Admiral David Farragut
US Civil War Admiral
David Farragut
  • Jul 17 Naval Engagement at Pascagoula River MS: USS Potomac Expedition
  • Jul 17 US army authorized to accept blacks as laborers
  • Jul 17 United army officially divides corps
  • Jul 17 R John Hunt Morgan:Cynthiana, KY CS24 US17 Skirmish at Columbia, TN
  • Jul 18 Battle of Newburgh, IN - captured by Union forces
  • Jul 20 Guerrilla campaign in GA (Porter's & Poindexter's) [->SEP 20] US580 CS2866
  • Jul 27 Hurricane hits Canton; about 40,000 die
  • Jul 27 Steamer "Golden Gate" burns & sinks off west coast of Mexico
  • Jul 28 Confederate forces defeated at More's Hill, Mo

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 2 William Henry Bragg, English physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1942)
  • Jul 3 Friedrich Ernst Koch, composer
  • Jul 11 Liza Nina Mary Frederica Lehmann, composer
  • Jul 14 Florence Bascom, American geologist and 1st woman hired by the US Geological Survey, born in Williamstown, Massachusetts (d. 1945)
  • Jul 14 Gustav Klimt, Austrian Art Nouveau painter
  • Jul 16 Ida Bell Wells-Barnett [Iola], US civil rights activist (d. 1931)
  • Jul 18 Victor, Prince Napoleon (Napoleon V), French pretender to throne
  • Jul 18 Nikolai Nikolayevich Yudenich, Russian WWI general (d. 1933)
  • Jul 24 Johan A de Sleeve, [Adwaita], philosopher/classical/poet (Brahman)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 3 William Barksdale, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 40
  • Jul 5 Heinrich Georg Bronn, German geologist (b. 1800)
  • Jul 15 David Emanuel Twiggs, US Confederate gen-mjr (Monterrey), dies at 72

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Jul 24 Martin Van Buren, 8th US president (1837-41), dies of heart failure at 79

8th US President Martin Van Buren
8th US President
Martin Van Buren