On This Day

Historical Events in September 1862

  • Sep 1 Battle at Chantilly (Ox Hill) Virginia (2100 casualties)
  • Sep 1 Federal tax levied on tobacco

Historic Event

Sep 4 General Lee begins the Maryland Campaign invading the North with 50,000 Confederate troops (US Civil war)

  • Sep 4 North Beach & Mission Railway Company organized in San Francisco
  • Sep 5 General Lee crosses Potomac & enters Maryland

Historic Event

Sep 6 Stonewall Jackson occupies Frederick, Maryland

  • Sep 9 Robert E. Lee splits his army & sends Jackson to capture Harpers Ferry
  • Sep 11 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Tom Morris Sr retains his title; beats Willie Park Sr. by 3 strokes
  • Sep 12 Battle of Harpers Ferry VA
  • Sep 14 Battle at Crampton's Gap: Union troops win a tactical victory over Confederate forces
  • Sep 14 Battle at South Mountain: Union troops defeat an outnumbered Confederate force
  • Sep 14 Battle of Munfordville, Kentucky, begins
  • Sep 14 Federal troops escape from beleaguered Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
  • Sep 14 Skirmish at Fox's Gap, American Civil War
  • Sep 15 Confederates conquer Union-weapon arsenal at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
  • Sep 16 Gen Bragg's army surrounds 4,000 federals at Munfordville, KY
  • Sep 17 Battle of Antietam [Battle of Sharpsburg], bloodiest day in the American Civil War: 22,000 dead, wounded or missing in first battle on Union soil
  • Sep 17 Battle of Cumberland Gap, TN-evacuted by Federals
  • Sep 17 Battle of Mumfordville, Kentucky, US Col J Wilder surrenders city
  • Sep 17 American Civil War: The Allegheny Arsenal explosion results in the single largest civilian disaster during the war; 78 workers killed.
  • Sep 18 Confederate armies officially divide into corps
  • Sep 18 General Read army pulls out of Antietam Creek Virginia
  • Sep 19 -20] Battle at Blackford's Ford, Virginia
  • Sep 19 Battle at Iuka Mississippi (1,700 casualties)

Historic Event

Sep 22 US President Abraham Lincoln issues preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, threatening to free all enslaved people in the rebel southern states if those states fail to re-join the Union by January 1, 1863 [1]

  • Sep 23 US President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation is published in northern newspapers [1]

The German Empire

Sep 23 Otto von Bismarck appointed Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Prussia by King Wilhelm I

  • Sep 24 Confederate Congress adopts confederacy seal
  • Sep 25 Skirmish at Davis' Bridge, Tennessee
  • Sep 30 First Battle of Newtonia (American Civil War), Newton County, Missouri
  • Sep 30 Prussia Minister President Otto von Bismarck's delivers his "Blood & Iron" speech