Historical Events in August 1862

  • Aug 4 US government collects its 1st income tax
  • Aug 5 Battle of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Union forces prevent Confederate attempts to capture the city
  • Aug 6 Confederate ironclad "Arkansas" is badly damaged in Union attack
  • Aug 9 Battle of Cedar Mountain [Slaughter's Mountain], fought in Culpeper County, Virginia, Confederate victory (US Civil War)

Music Premiere

Aug 9 Hector Berlioz's opera "Beatrice et Benedict" premieres in Baden-Baden, Germany

  • Aug 10 Battle of Nueces River TX
  • Aug 12 Gen John Hunt Morgan & his raiders capture Gallatin, TX

Meeting of Interest

Aug 14 Abraham Lincoln receives the first group of African Americans to confer with a US president

  • Aug 17 Confederate troops under Kirby Smith enter Kentucky

Historic Event

Aug 18 General Lee's adjutant Major Stuart captured

  • Aug 18 Sioux Indians begin uprising in Minnesota (it is later crushed)
  • Aug 21 The Vienna Stadtpark opens its gates.
  • Aug 22 Battle of Catlett's Station, VA
  • Aug 22 Santee Sioux indian attack Fort Ridgely
  • Aug 23 Skirmish at Big Hill, Kentucky (2 Federal regiments)
  • Aug 25 US Secretary of War authorizes Gen Rufus Saxton to arm 5,000 slaves
  • Aug 28 Battle of Groveton, Virginia (Manassas Plains) [->AUG 19]
  • Aug 28 Battle of Thoroughfare Gap, Virginia
  • Aug 28 Belle Boyd released from Old Capital Prison in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 29 Battle of Aspromonte; Italian royal forces defeat rebels

Second Battle of Bull Run

Aug 29 Second Battle of Bull Run, fought in Manassas, Virginia begins, Confederate victory (US Civil War)

  • Aug 29 US Bureau of Engraving & Printing begins operation
  • Aug 30 Battle of Altamont-Confederates beat Union forces in Tennessee
  • Aug 30 Second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Virginia, ends with a Confederate victory over Union forces