On This Day

June 1862 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 2nd/last day of battle at Fair Oaks/7 Pines Virginia (11,165 casualties)

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Jun 1 General Robert E. Lee assumes command after Joe Johnston is injured at Seven Pines

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • Jun 1 African Slave Trade Treaty Act: Bilateral treaty between the US and UK abolishing the slave trade in all US possessions
  • Jun 2 Robert E. Lee takes command of Confederate armies of North Virginia during the American Civil War
  • Jun 2 Raid at Early's: Maryland towards Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 4 Confederates evacuate Fort Pillow, Tennessee
  • Jun 6 Battle of Memphis fought on the Mississippi River, Union forces defeat Confederate fleet leading to the city's surrender
  • Jun 6 Skirmish at Harrisonburg, Virginia, sees the Confederates win a minor victory in the Battle of Good's Farm
  • Jun 7 Skirmish at Union Church, Virginia (Peninsular)
  • Jun 7 General B. Butler orders William Mumford hanged after he removed and destroyed US flag on display over New Orleans Mint
  • Jun 7 The United States and Britain agree to suppress the slave trade
  • Jun 8 Valley Campaign-Battle of Cross Keys, Virginia
  • Jun 9 Battle of Port Republic, last of 5 battles in Stonewall Jacksons Shenandoah Valley campaign, won by the Confederates

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Jun 15 General Jeb Stuart completes his "ride around McClellan"

Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart
Confederate General
J.E.B. Stuart
Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
  • Jun 19 Slavery outlawed in US territories
  • Jun 20 Barbu Catargiu, the Prime Minister of Romania, is assassinated
  • Jun 25 Battle of Oak Grove, Virginia (Orchard, Henrico, French's Field) (Kings's Schoolhouse) Day 1 of 7 Days
  • Jun 26 Battle of Beaver Dam Creek-Union repulses Confederacy in Virginia
  • Jun 26 Day 2 of 7 Days-Battle of Mechanicsville VA (Meadow Bridge)
  • Jun 26 US Army of Virginia established under Gen John Pope
  • Jun 27 -28] Battle at Garnett's/Golding's Farms, Virginia
  • Jun 27 Battle of Gaines's Mill, VA (Cold Harbor, Chickahominy Bluffs) Day 3
  • Jun 28 Day 4 of 7 Day Battle of Savage's Station [Garnett's Farm] in Virginia
  • Jun 29 Day 5 of 7 Days-Battle of Savage's Station, Va
  • Jun 30 Battle of Glendale [Frayser's Farm], day 6 of 7 days battles, Virginia Confederate assault attack (US Civil War)
  • Jun 30 Gustave Flaubert completes "Salammbo"

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 1 António Feijó, Portuguese poet and diplomat, born in Ponte de Lima, Portugal (d. 1917)
  • Jun 5 Allvar Gullstrand, Swedish physician (Nobel 1911), born in Landskrona, Sweden (d. 1930)
  • Jun 6 Henry John Newbolt, English poet and author (Studies Green & Gray), born in Bilston, Staffordshire, England (d. 1938)
  • Jun 7 Philipp Lenard, Austrian physicist (Nobel 1905), born in Pozsony, Austria-Hungary (d. 1947)
  • Jun 21 Johannes Schlaf, German writer and translator, born in Querfurt, Germany (d. 1941)
  • Jun 21 Damrong Rajanubhab, Thai prince, son of King Mongkut and brother of King Chulalongkorn and historian, born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 1943)

Deaths in History

  • Jun 6 Turner Ashby, General, killed near Harrisonburg, Virginia, dies at 33
  • Jun 7 William B. Mumford, 1st US citizen hanged for treason, at 42
  • Jun 17 Charles Canning, English 1st viceroy of British-Indies, dies at 49
  • Jun 27 Chatham Roberdeau Wheat, Confederate major, dies in battle at about 35
  • Jun 30 Richard Griffith, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 48