What Happened on March 8, 1862

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • Battle of Elkhorn Tavern ends with Confederate withdrawal
  • Confederate ironclad "Merrimack" launched
  • Naval Engagement at Hampton Roads, VA CSS Virginia, Jamestown & Yorktown vs USS Cumberland, Congress & Monitor

Famous Birthdays

  • Joseph Lee, helped develop playgrounds

Famous Deaths

  • Adrien de La Fage, composer, dies at 56
  • Nat Gordon, last pirate, hanged in New York City for stealing 1,000 slaves