On This Day

Historical Events in October 1861

  • Oct 2 Former US VP John C Breckinridge flees Kentucky
  • Oct 6 Naval Engagement at Charleston, South Carolina, USS Flag vs BR Alert
  • Oct 6 Revolt of Russian student shuts down university of Petersburg
  • Oct 11 Battle of Dumfries, VA (Quantico Creek)
  • Oct 12 Confederate ironclad Manassas attack Union's Richmond on Mississippi
  • Oct 16 Confederacy starts selling postage stamps
  • Oct 21 Battle of Balls Bluff, VA (Leesburg, Harrison's Island)
  • Oct 22 1st telegraph line linking West & East coasts completed
  • Oct 24 First US transcontinental telegram is sent (from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.)
  • Oct 24 West Virginia secedes from Virginia
  • Oct 25 First Battle of Springfield [Zagonyi's Charge], fought in Springfield, Missouri, Union victory (US Civil War)
  • Oct 25 Telegraph message sent from St Louis to San Francisco
  • Oct 25 Toronto Stock Exchange created

Pony Express

Oct 26 Pony Express (Missouri to California) ends after 19 months