On This Day

December 1862 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 5 Battle of Coffeeville, MS

Historic Event

Dec 6 US President Abraham Lincoln orders hanging of 39 Santee Sioux Indians

  • Dec 7 Battle of Hartsville, TN
  • Dec 7 Battle of Prairie Grove, AR

Battle of Interest

Dec 11 Battle of Fredricksburg in Virginia begins between Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and the Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by Major General Ambrose Burnside

  • Dec 12 Battle of Dumfries, Virginia
  • Dec 12 Naval Engagement at Yazoo River, MS (USS CAIRO torpedoed)
  • Dec 13 Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia (Marye's Heights)
  • Dec 14 Battle of Kinston, fought in Lenoir County, North Carolina begins (Goldsboro Expedition), Union victory (US Civil War)
  • Dec 16 Kingdom of Nepal accepts its constitution

Historic Event

Dec 17 General Ulysses S. Grant issues order #11, expelling Jews from Tennessee

  • Dec 18 Battle at Lexington, Tennessee (part of Forrest's Second Raid)
  • Dec 19 Skirmish at Jackson, Salem Church, Tennessee (80 casualties)
  • Dec 20 -Dec 20th] Battle of Kelly's Ford, VA
  • Dec 20 -Jan 3rd] Vicksburg campaign
  • Dec 20 Confederate raid on Union supplies at Holly Springs, Mississippi

Historic Event

Dec 20 Confederate Army Brigadier General Nathan Bedford Forrest occupies Trenton, Kentucky (US Civil War)

  • Dec 22 -Jan 2nd) Raid on Morgan's: Bardstown to Elizabethtown, KY

Historic Event

Dec 23 Union General Ben "Beast" Butler is proclaimed a "felon, outlaw & common enemy of mankind" by Jefferson Davis

  • Dec 26 Battle of Dumfries begins in Virginia
  • Dec 26 1st US navy hospital ship enters service
  • Dec 26 Largest mass execution in US history: 38 Dakota men were executed via hanging in the aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War in Mankato, Minnesota.
  • Dec 27 Battle of Chickasaw Bluffs, MS (Chickasaw Bayou)
  • Dec 27 Battle of Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Victory in Battle

Dec 29 Battle of Chichasaw Bayou: confederate armies defeat General William T. Sherman

  • Dec 29 Bowling ball invented
  • Dec 31 -Jan 20th) Battle of Stone's River (Battle of Murfreesboro), Tennessee in US Civil War
  • Dec 31 President Abraham Lincoln signs act admitting West Virginia to the Union
  • Dec 31 Skirmish at Parker Cross Roads, Tennessee
  • Dec 31 Union ironclad ship "Monitor" sank off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 3 Jules Renkin, Belgian politician (28th Prime Minister of Belgium 1931-32), born in Ixelles, Belgium (d. 1934
  • Dec 7 Paul Adam, French writer (La Bataille d'Uhde), born in Paris (d. 1920)
  • Dec 8 Georges Feydeau, French playwright (La Dame de Chez Maxim's), born in Paris (d. 1921)
  • Dec 14 John M. Acket, Dutch literary (Grammatic Conceptions) (d. 1933)
  • Dec 16 Eugene Demolder, Belgian writer (Sous la robe)
  • Dec 23 Henri Pirenne, Belgian historian (History of Belgium)
  • Dec 26 Alexander Amfiteatrov, Russian-Italian journalist, newspaper editor, novelist, and historian, born in Kaluga, Russia (d. 1923)

Deaths in History

  • 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, American architect and Confederate brig-general, dies at 35 of malarial fever
  • Dec 20 Robert Knox Scottish surgeon, anatomist and zoologist
  • 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