Famous Deaths in 1862

  • Jan 1 Mikhail Ostrogradsky, Russian physicist and mathematician, dies at 60
  • Jan 5 Joseph Frohlich, composer, dies at 81

Person of interestSamuel Colt

Jan 10 Samuel Colt, American inventor and industrialist (Colt 6 shot revolver), dies of gout at 47

Inventor/Industrialist Samuel Colt
Inventor/Industrialist
Samuel Colt

Person of interestJohn Tyler

Jan 18 John Tyler, 10th US President (1841-45), dies in Richmond Va at 71

10th US President John Tyler
10th US President
John Tyler
  • Jan 20 Felix Zollicoffer, Gen killed after mistakenly riding into Union lines
  • Jan 24 James McIntosh, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at about 33
  • Feb 3 Jean-Baptiste Biot, French physicist/astronomer, dies at 87
  • Feb 7 František Jan Škroup, Czech composer (Kde domov můj? - Czech national anthem), dies at 61
  • Feb 11 Elizabeth Siddal, British poet and artist (b. 1829)
  • Feb 20 Francisco Balagtas, Filipino poet (Florante at Laura), dies at 73
  • Feb 21 Justinus A C Kerner, German family doctor/poet/writer, dies at 75
  • Feb 21 Nathaniel Gordon is hanged in NYC for engaging in the slave trade, the only slave trader in US history to be convicted and executed under the Piracy Law of 1820
  • Feb 21 Justinus Kerner, German physician and medical writer (first detailed description of botulism), dies at 75
  • Feb 24 Bernard S Ingemann, Danish author (Holger Danske), dies at 72
  • Feb 27 Gabriele dell' Addolorata, patron of Italian Catholic youth, dies at 23
  • Mar 1 Peter Barlow, English mathematician (b. 1776)

  • Mar 2 Frederick West Lander, American Union brigadier general and poet, dies at 40
  • Mar 7 Ben McCulloch, US Confederate brigadier general (KIA), dies at 50
  • Mar 7 John Baillie McIntosh, US general-major (Union Army), dies at 32
  • Mar 7 William Slack, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle
  • Mar 8 Adrien de La Fage, composer, dies at 56
  • Mar 17 Fromental Halevy, [Elie Levy], French opera composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 19 Friedrich Wilhelm von Schadow, German painter (Modern Vasari), dies at 73
  • Mar 23 Karl Robert von Nesselrode, German chancellor, dies at 81
  • Apr 3 James Clark Ross, Arctic explorer, dies
  • Apr 4 Harmen S Sytstra, Dutch poet/editor (Iduna), dies at 45
  • Apr 6 Adley Hogan Gladden, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 51
  • Apr 6 Albert Sidney Johnston, US Confederate general, dies in battle at 59
  • Apr 7 Sydney Nelson, composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 9 George W Johnson, US planter/Confederate (gov-Ky), dies at about 50
  • Apr 10 William Harvey Lamb Wallace, American lawyer and Brigadier General, dies at 40
  • Apr 19 Louis Powell Harvey, US governor of Wisconsin, drowns
  • Apr 19 Simon Fraser, Canadian explorer, dies
  • Apr 25 Charles Ferguson Smith, US Union Gen-Maj, dies of infection at 55

Person of interestHenry David Thoreau

May 6 Henry David Thoreau, US writer/pacifist (Walden Pond), dies at 44

Naturalist/Pacifist Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist/Pacifist
Henry David Thoreau
  • May 16 Lev A Ms, Russian nobleman/poet, dies at 40
  • May 16 Joseph L. Hogg, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 55
  • May 18 William H Keim, US Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 48
  • May 21 John Drew, Irish-born American actor and theatre manager, dies from head injuries at 34
  • May 25 Johann Nestroy, Austrian actor, singer and playwright (Judith und Holofernes), dies at 60
  • May 28 Lev A Ms, Russian nobleman/poet, dies at 40 [5/16]

  • May 29 Franciszek Wincenty Mirecki, composer, dies at 71
  • May 31 Robert Hopkins Hatton, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 35
  • Jun 6 Turner Ashby, General, killed near Harrisonburg VA, dies at 33
  • Jun 7 William B. Mumford, 1st US citizen hanged for treason, at 42
  • Jun 17 Charles J Canning, English 1st viceroy of British-Indies, dies at 49
  • Jun 27 Chatham Roberdeau Wheat, Confederate major, dies in battle at about 35
  • Jun 30 Richard Griffith, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 48
  • Jul 3 William Barksdale, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), 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

Person of interestMartin Van Buren

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
  • Aug 5 Thomas Williams, US Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 47
  • Aug 6 Francisco Acuña de Figueroa, Uruguayan poet (Toraidas), dies at 71
  • Aug 9 Joseph Bennett Plummer, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 42 or 46
  • Aug 9 Charles S Winder, Confederate General killed at the Battle of Cedar Mountain VA, at 32
  • Aug 10 Hon'inbō Shūsaku, Japanese professional Go player, dies at 33
  • Aug 22 Henry Bohlen, German/US brigadier general (Union), dies in battle at 51
  • Aug 30 Charles Bernard Desormes, French Physicist and Chemist (carbon monoxide and carbon disulphide compositions), dies at 91
  • Aug 31 George William Taylor, US Union brigadier general, dies in battle
  • Aug 31 Ignaz Assmayer, composer, dies at 72
  • Sep 1 Isaac Ingalls Stevens, US Union general-major, dies in battle at 44
  • Sep 1 Oliver Tilden, of the Bronx, killed in Civil War in Virginia
  • Sep 1 Philip "Phil" Kearny, US Union general-major, dies in battle at 48
  • Sep 2 Thornton F Brodhead, US lawyer/politician/brigadier general, dies at 40
  • Sep 10 Carlos A Lopez, president of Paraguay (1844-62), dies at 71
  • Sep 14 Jesse Lee Reno, Union general-major (Reno Nevada), dies at 39
  • Sep 14 Samuel Garland Jr, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 31
  • Sep 17 Lawrence O'Bryan Branch, (Rep-D)/Confederate brigadier general, dies at 41
  • Sep 17 William Edwin Starke, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at about 48
  • Sep 19 [Lewis] Henry Little, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 45
  • Sep 29 William "Bull" Nelson, Union general-major, murdered at 38
  • Sep 30 Isaac Peace Rodman, American banker and Brigadier General (Union Army), dies of injury at about 40
  • Oct 3 Pleasant Adam Hackleman, Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 47
  • Oct 4 William Duncan Smith, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 36
  • Oct 8 James Streshley Jackson, American attorney and Brigadier General (Union Army) dies in battle at 39
  • Oct 8 William Rufus Terrill, American Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 28
  • Oct 16 George B. Anderson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 31
  • Oct 18 James Creighton, amateur American baseball player, dies of ruptured bladder from hitting home run on Oct 14th
  • Oct 30 Ormsby McKnight Mitchel, American astronomer and Union Major General, dies at 53
  • Nov 6 Charles Davis Jameson, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 35
  • Nov 9 John Bordenave Villepigue, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 32
  • Nov 11 James Madison Porter, American politician (b. 1793)
  • Nov 13 Ludwig Uhland, writer, dies at 75
  • Nov 17 Alexey Nikolayevich Verstovsky, composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 7 Sylvester Churchill, US Union brigadier general, dies
  • Dec 13 Conrad Feger Jackson, US Union brigadier general, dies in Battle of Fredericksburg at 49
  • Dec 13 Maxcy Gregg, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in Battle of Fredericksburg at 48
  • Dec 13 Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in Battle of Fredericksburg at 39
  • Dec 14 George Dashiell Bayard, Union Brigadier General, dies at 27
  • Dec 18 Johnson Kelly Duncan, architect/Confederate brig-generaal, dies at 35 of malarial fever
  • Dec 20 Robert Knox Scottish surgeon, anatomist and zoologist
  • Dec 24 Joseph Funk, early American composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 28 Joaquim Casimiro Junior, composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 31 James Edward Rains, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in Battle of Stone's River at 29
  • Dec 31 Joshua Woodrow Sill, US Union brigadier general, dies in Battle of Stone's River at 31