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    Centuries: 18th century - 19th century - 20th century
    Decades: 1810s1820s1830s1840s1850s - 1860s - 1870s1880s1890s1900s1910s

    Years: 18571858185918601861 - 1862 - 18631864186518661867


    • January 30 - The first American ironclad warship, the USS Monitor is launched.
    • February 1 - Julia Ward Howe's "Battle Hymn of the Republic" is published for the first time (Atlantic Monthly).
    • February 6 - American Civil War: Ulysses S. Grant gives the United States its first victory of the war, by capturing Fort Henry, Tennessee
    • February 15 - American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant attacks Fort Donelson, Tennessee and captures it the next day.
    • March 8 - American Civil War: The iron-clad CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimack) is launched at Hampton Roads, Virginia.
    • March 9 - American Civil War: First battle between two ironclad warships USS Monitor v CSS Virginia
    • March 28 - American Civil War: Battle of Glorieta Pass - In New Mexico Union forces succeed in stoping the Confederate invasion of New Mexico territory. 
    • April 6 - American Civil War: In Tennessee, the Battle of Shiloh begins.
    • April 7 - American Civil War: Battle of Shiloh - Union Army under General Ulysses S. Grant defeat the Confederates near Shiloh, Tennessee.
    • August 28 through August 30 - Battle of Second Manassas
    • September 17 - Union forces defeat Confederate troops at the Battle of Antietam, in the bloodiest day in the American Civil War (with over 20,000 casualties).
    • December 13 - Battle of Fredericksburg
    • December 30 - The USS Monitor sinks off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
    • December 31 - American Civil War: Abraham Lincoln signs an act that admits West Virginia to the Union (thus dividing Virginia in two).
    • Mexican army defeats the French army in the Battle of Puebla.
    • Otto von Bismarck becomes prime minister of Prussia
    • Richard Jordan Gatling patents the Gatling gun.
    1862 in literature:
    • Fathers and Sons - Ivan Turgenev
    Births Deaths
    • January 10 - Samuel Colt, inventor
    • January 18 - John Tyler, former President of the United States, member of the Congress of the Confederate States of America
    • July 24 - Martin Van Buren, eighth president of the United States
    • August 10 - Shusaku Honinbo, Go player
    • US - Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act


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