August 1862 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 4 US government collects its 1st income tax
  • Aug 5 Battle of Baton Rouge, Lpuisiana
  • 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)
  • Aug 10 Battle of Nueces River TX
  • Aug 12 Gen John Hunt Morgan & his raiders capture Gallatin, TX

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

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • Aug 17 Confederate troops under Kirby Smith enter Kentucky

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Aug 18 General Lee's adjutant Major Stuart captured

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 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 Thoroughfare Gap, Virginia
  • Aug 28 Battle of Groveton, Virginia (Manassas Plains) [->AUG 19] US7000 CS7000
  • Aug 28 Belle Boyd released from Old Capital Prison in Washington, D.C.

Victory in BattleSecond Battle of Bull Run

Aug 29 Second Battle of Bull Run, fought in Manassas, Virginia begins, Confederate victory (US Civil War)
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  • Aug 29 Battle of Aspromonte; Italian royal forces defeat rebels
  • Aug 29 US Bureau of Engraving & Printing begins operation
  • Aug 30 Second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Virginia ends with a Confederate victory over Union forces
  • Aug 30 Battle of Altamont-Confederates beat Union forces in Tennessee

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 M. R. James, English scholar and author (Ghost Stories of an Antiquary), born in Goodnestone, Dover, Kent (d. 1936)
  • Aug 5 Joseph Merrick, "The Elephant Man", Leicester, England (d. 1890)
  • Aug 7 Victoria of Baden, Queen of Sweden (d. 1931)
  • Aug 26 Herbert Booth, American son of William and Catherine Booth (d. 1926)

Person of interestMaurice Maeterlinck

Aug 29 Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian poet (Blue Bird, Nobel 1911), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1949)

Author and Nobel Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck
Author and Nobel Laureate
Maurice Maeterlinck
  • Aug 29 Andrew Fisher, 5th Prime Minister of Australia (1908-09, 1910-13, 1914-15), born in Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1928)

Deaths in History

  • 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