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1862/01/01William Y. W. Ripley, future Medal of Honor recipient, was commissioned Lieut. Col. of the 1st U.S. Sharpshooters, after serving in the 1st Vt. Inf.. (Medal of Honor)
1862/01/03Secretary Welles informed Flag Officer Du Pont that he was ordering the USS Flambeau, Lieutenant Temple, from Nassau to Port Royal, South Carolina. Welles further indicated 'should Lieutenant Temple not feel able to retain command of the Flambeau any longer, you will assign some other officer to that vessel and permit Lieutenant Temple to return home. (ORN)
1862/01/07USS Hatteras, Commander Emmons, was relieved of blockading duties off Apalachicola by USS Sagamore, to proceed to Cedar Keys and 'endeavor to capture or destroy a small armed steamer or schooner said to be at that place.' The Hatteras was the only vessel in the squadron with a draft shallow enough to allow her to operate in the area. (ORN)
1862/01/09Flag Officer D. G. Farragut was appointed to command the Western Gulf Blockading Squadron -- the beginning of the New Orleans campaign. (NavHist)
1862/01/13Flag Officer Charles H. Bell, commanding US Naval Forces, Pacific Ocean, reported on his pending departure from Panama Bay for San Francisco, leaving USS Cyane, Commander Bissell, in place of USS Lancaster. (ORN)
1862/01/16Gunfire and boat crews, including marines, from USS Hatteras, Commander Emmons, destroyed a Confederate battery, seven small vessels loaded with cotton and turpentine ready to run the blockade, a railroad depot and wharf, and the telegraph office at Cedar Keys, Florida. A small detachment of Confederate troops from the Fourth Florida Regiment was taken prisoner from Depot Key. Four of the prisoners had the measles, and Commander Emmons paroled them, believing they might not survive prison. Brigadier General J. H. Trapier (CSA), in his report of the incident, said 'I must not omit to mention a circumstance which reflects high credit upon Commander Emmons. Three negroes escaped from the key and went out to his steamer; they were all ordered back forthwith. (ORN)
1862/01/16Seven armored river gunboats were commissioned, thus providing the naval force for the overwhelming combined operations in the west. (NavHist)
1862/01/17Philip Kranz was promoted to Corporal, Co. A, 4th VVI; he was later captured and incarcerated in Andersonville. (Andersonville Prison)
1862/01/18Flag Officer Charles H. Bell, commanding US Naval Forces, Pacific Ocean, indicated that Commander Bissell, commanding USS Cyane, reports everything is quiet at Panama and Aspinwall. (ORN)
1862/01/19Samuel Whiting, US Consul at Nassau, informed Secretary of State Frederick W. Seward of the departure of the US gunboat Flambeau, Temple commanding, for Port Royal, South Carolina. The previous day, the rebel steamer Carolina (renamed Kate) arrived. Whiting said that 'Carolina, while coming up this harbor yesterday, ran between the Eliza Bonsall and the Flambeau, and dipped her colors (rebel) to the Confederate ally; and Captain Temple said in this consulate, and in the presence of several American captains, that 'had he seen it he would have answered the salute.' Dip the stars and stripes to the rebel rag! I told him that I would sooner hack my hand off than be guilty of such an act. (ORN)
1862/01/20Sgt Charles E. Abell, Co. H, 5th VVI, was discharged for disability; six months later, he would be commissioned Capt., Co. D, 14th VVI (5th Infantry)
1862/01/21Pvt Nathan B. Hammond, Co. F, 1st USSS, was discharged for disability; he died 10 Dec 1863, and is buried in Fairlee (Sharpshooters)
1862/01/22William Cune Holbrook, 1st LT, Co. F, 4th VVI, was promoted to Major and assigned to the field and staff of 7th VVI (7th Infantry)
1862/01/23US Storeship Supply, Commander Colvocoresses, departed Ship Island, bound for New York, with the officers and crew of the captured Confederate schooner Lizzie Weston. (ORN)
1862/01/23USS Hatteras, Commander Emmons, was ordered to proceed from Ship Island to Berwick Bay, to relieve USS Montgomery, Lieutenant commanding James E. Jouett, and assume command of the blockade in that place. (ORN)
1862/01/27Egbert H. Allis, Brookfield, is appointed Acting Assistant Surgeon, U.S. Navy (profile)
1862/01/29US Storeship Supply, Commander Colvocoresses, captured schooner Stephen Hart south of Sarasota, Florida, with cargo of arms and munitions. (ORN)
1862/01/31USS Cyane, Commander Bissell, on station at Panama, was ordered to proceed to Valparaiso, Chile, ' Where you will obtain from our consul, or such other sources on which you may depend, every information connected with the safety of our commerce on this coast' from marauders 'suspected of fitting out vessels to rob our commerce on the high seas. (ORN)
1862/02/01Commander Emmons, commanding USS Hatteras, reported his arrival on blockading station off Atchafalaya Bay, La., and his encounter with the Confederate steamer Mobile. (ORN)
1862/02/06Naval forces under Flag Officer A. H. Foote captured strategic Fort Henry on the Tennessee River. This breached the Confederate line and opened the flood gates for the flow of Union power deep into the South. (NavHist)
1862/02/07Joint amphibious expedition under Flag Officer L. M. Goldsborough and Brigadier General A. E. Burnside captured Roanoke Island -- the key to Albemarle Sound. (NavHist)
1862/02/10USS Flambeau, Lieutenant Commanding Temple, having coaled, sailed from Key West for Nassau to intercept the Confederate steamer Gladiator, which had been noted in Nassau at the beginning of January. (ORN)
1862/02/127th Regiment mustered into U. S. service. (Dyer)
1862/02/14Gunboats under Flag Officer A. H. Foote attacked Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River in conjunction with troops under Brigadier General U. S. Grant. The fort capitulated on the 16th. (NavHist)
1862/02/188th Regiment mustered into U. S. service. (Dyer)
1862/02/181st Battery organized at Brattleboro and mustered in (Dyer)
1862/02/19Albert Hale, 8th VVI, wrote his father from Camp Holbrook, Brattleboro (more)
1862/03/03Forces under Flag Officer S. F. Du Pont took Fernandina, Florida, and the surrounding area in joint operations against the South Atlantic coast. (NavHist)
1862/03/04Casper H. Dean, 6th Regiment, wrote to his father about money issues (Correspondence)
1862/03/048th Regiment departed Brattleboro for New York (Dyer)
1862/03/061st Battery departs Brattleboro for New York (Dyer)
1862/03/06Albert Hale, 8th VVI, wrote his father, on the train, en route New York. (more)
1862/03/08Ironclad ram CSS Virginia, Captain F. Buchanan, destroyed wooden blockading ships USS Cumberland and Congress in Hampton Roads. (NavHist)
1862/03/09The 8th Regiment leaves New York on the ships 'Wallace' and 'James Hovey,' with sealed orders, which, on being opened at sea, directed the troops to report to General Phelps at Ship Island, in the Gulf of Mexico. (Peck)
1862/03/09USS Monitor, Lieutenant J. L. Worden, engaged CSS Virginia, Lieutenant C. ap R. Jones, in the historic first battle of ironclads. (NavHist)
1862/03/10The 7th Regiment left 'Rutland for New York City, where it embarked on two old-fashioned sailing ships, ill adapted for the transportation of troops, with sealed orders to proceed to sea. Upon opening the orders, it was learned that the destination of the regiment was Ship Island, Miss.' (Peck)
1862/03/10The 2nd Regiment 'moved from Camp Griffin, where it had remained during the winter doing picket duty and drilling, and took up the line of march to Centerville.' (Peck)
1862/03/101st Battery sailed from New York City on steamer "Wallace" (Dyer)
1862/03/14Joint amphibious assault under Commander S. C. Rowan and Brigadier General A. E. Burnside captured New Bern, North Carolina -- 'an immense depot of army fixtures and manufactures, of shot and shell...' (NavHist)
1862/03/17CSS Nashville, Lieutenant R. B. Pegram, ran the blockade out of Beaufort, North Carolina -- a 'Bull Run of the Navy.' (NavHist)
1862/03/198th Regiment departed New York for Ship Island, MS, arriving there April 6. (Dyer)
1862/03/20Ordered to report to Major-General Fitz John Porter, and move to Fortress Monroe and join McClellan's Army of the Potomac. (Peck)
1862/03/23'Took transport at Alexandria for Fortress Monroe,' landed the next day 'and moved out to Newport News on the James River.' (Peck)
1862/04/022nd Regiment 'moved with the army up the peninsula, taking part in the fights at Young's Mills, Lee's Mills and Williamsburg, beside some skirmishing with the enemy.' (Peck)
1862/04/04USS Carondelet, Commander H. Walke, dashed past Confederate batteries on Island No. 10 to support Major General J. Pope's assault on the island. (NavHist)
1862/04/051st Battery arrived at Ship Island, LA (Dyer)
1862/04/07Island No. 10, vital to the Confederate defense of the upper Mississippi, surrendered to the naval forces of Flag Officer A. H. Foote. (NavHist)
1862/04/13After the army reached White House Landing, the Sixth Corps was formed, and the brigade was assigned as the Second Brigade of the Second Division, and remained in that organization until the end of the war. (Peck)
1862/04/14Commander Bissell, commanding USS Cyane, reported on an apparently abandoned scheme to fit out Confederate privateers in Valparaiso, Chile. (ORN)
1862/04/16Captain Samuel E. Pingree, Co. F, 3rd VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1862/04/16Drummer Julian A. Scott, Co. E, 3rd VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1862/04/16First Sergeant Edward A. Holton, Co. I, 6th VVI, , was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1862/04/171st Vt. Cav. 'charged through the little village of Mount Jackson and drove Ashby's cavalry for more than a mile to the North Fork of the Shenandoah, where the enemy set fire to the bridge, hoping to cut off further pursuit.' (Peck)
1862/04/18Casper H. Dean, 6th Regiment, wrote to his father about the battle of Lee's Mill, two days prior. (Correspondence)
1862/04/24Flag Officer D. G. Farragut's fleet ran past Forts Jackson and St. Philip, destroyed the defending Confederate flotilla below New Orleans, and, next day, compelled the surrender of the South's largest and wealthiest city. (NavHist)
1862/04/271st Vt. Cav. engaged at Port Republic, Va. (Battles)
1862/05/01USS Hatteras, Commander Emmons, captured schooner Magnolia near Berwick Bay, La., with cargo of cotton. (ORN)
1862/05/051st Sharpshooters, engaged or present at Williamsburg, Va. (Battles)
1862/05/10Confederates destroyed the Norfolk and Pensacola Navy Yards in actions caused by the forced Southern withdrawal from her coasts. (NavHist)
1862/05/10Trueman W. Wright, Pvt, Co. B, 3rd Vt. Inf., died in hospital near Yorktown. He was 21. (Kimball's scrapbook)
1862/05/11USS Hatteras, Commander Emmons, captured the steamer Governor A. Mouton off Berwick Bay, Louisiana. (ORN)
1862/05/11CSS Virginia was blown up by her crew off Craney Island to prevent her capture by advancing Union forces. (NavHist)
1862/05/12The 8th Regiment arrived at New Orleans, and went immediate into quarters in the Mechanic's Institute building. (Peck)
1862/05/15The James River Flotilla under Commander J. Rodgers advanced unsupported to within eight miles of Richmond before being turned back at Drewry's Bluff by batteries manned in part by Confederate Navy and Marine personnel. (NavHist)
1862/05/161st Battery moved from Ship Island to Camp Parapet, Defenses of New Orleans, LA, remaining there until January 17, 1863. (Dyer)
1862/05/17Robert Whitney, 4th Regiment, was sent to Carver Hospital, DC, suffering from chronic diarrhea (biography)
1862/05/17USS Hatteras, Commander Emmons, captured the sloop Poody off Vermilion Bay, Louisiana. (ORN)
1862/05/241st Vt. Cav. engaged at Middletown, Va. (Battles)
1862/05/24Rev. Charles S. Hale of Brandon, a young Episcopal clergyman, was appointed chaplain, in place of Chaplain Simons who had resigned in March. (Benedict)
1862/05/251st Vt. Cav. engaged at Winchester, Va. (Battles)
1862/06/01Brigadier General Oliver Otis Howard, U.S. Volunteers, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1862/06/01General Robert E. Lee replaces Joseph Johnston as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. (LoC)
1862/06/06Gunboats under Captain C. H. Davis and rams under Colonel C. R. Ellet Jr., destroyed the upper Mississippi portion of the Confederate River Defense Fleet under Captain J. E. Montgomery at the Battle of Memphis. The Tennessee city surrendered. (NavHist)
1862/06/17Four vessels under Commander A. H. Kilty, USS Mound City, including Lieutenant George M. Blodgett's side-wheel steamer Conestoga, attacked two batteries at St. Charles, on the White River, Arkansas; the first was carried by the gunboats, and the second by troops from the 46th Indiana Inf.. Mound City was struck by a 32-pounder, which penetrated the post casemate, tearing through four men; passed through the steam drum and heater;' After the engagement, Lieutenant W. McGunnegle, gunboat St. Louis, reported that Lieutenants Shirk, gunboat Lexington, and Blodgett 'rendered every assistance in the power of men. For their skill and bravery in action and the energy displayed by them to assist the wounded [of the USS Mound City], they are deserving of the highest honors. (ORN)
1862/06/18'The following despatch from the Adjutant-General of the Army was received by the Governor of Vt.: 'We are in pressing need of troops. How many can you forward immediately.' (Haynes)
1862/06/18First Lieutenant Horatio B. Lowry, US Marine Corps, USS Wabash, Port Royal, S.C., received the following orders: 'You will please take passage in the Hope and report to Commander Marchand, on the James Adger, senior officer off Charleston. Commander Marchand will, agreeably to orders forwarded by the Hope, place on board of the Hale and Henry Andrew the marine guards of the James Adger, Keystone State, and Alabama, of which you will assume the command, and with which you will proceed to Georgetown, S.C., and report to Commander Prentiss, of the Albatross, for special service in the neighboring waters. When your services and those of the marines can be dispensed with the marines will be returned to their respective ships and you will resume your duties on board the Wabash.' (ORN)
1862/06/19Eight companies of the 7th Regiment, 'with three other regiments and a light battery, comprising altogether about 3,500 men, embarked on transports to take part in a foolhardy expedition against Vicksburg, conceived by General Butler.' (Peck)
1862/06/197th Regiment was present or engaged at the siege of Vicksburg, MS through July 4. (Battles)
1862/06/228th Regiment at Raceland, LA (Dyer)
1862/06/25The Governor replied to the Secretary of War: 'The Ninth Regiment is nearly full, and will be ready for marching orders in some ten days. Probably the Tenth could be recruited in some forty or fifty days from this date. If the Government needs the Tenth Regiment, and you make direct requisition for it, we will raise it.' The War Office thundered back: 'Organize your Tenth Regiment.' (Haynes)
1862/06/261st Brigade, engaged or present at Golding's Farm, Va. (Battles)
1862/06/267th Regiment at Pearlington, Miss. (Dyer)
1862/06/28Flag Officer D. G. Farragut's fleet successfully passed the heavy Vicksburg batteries; three days later, 1 July, his forces were joined by those of Flag Officer C. H. Davis: the fresh and salt-water fleets met for the first time. (NavHist)
1862/06/295th Vt. Inf., 'at Savage's Station, June 29, 1862, suffered the greatest loss, in killed and wounded, of any Vt. regiment in any one engagement. It this battle, with not over four hundred muskets, it lost 188 officers and men in half an hour--company E losing 44 men killed and wounded out of fifty-nine, 25 of whom were killed or mortally wounded. It was here that five Cummings brothers, and one cousin, of company E, were all killed or wounded, only one of the six recovering from his wounds.' (Peck)
1862/06/301st Brigade, engaged or present at White Oak Swamp, Va. (Battles)
1862/06/30Lieutenant-Colonel William Y. W. Ripley, 1st USSS, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1862/07/01Flag Officer L. M. Goldsborough's fleet covered the withdrawal of Major General G. B. McClellan's army after the battle of Malvern Hill. (NavHist)
1862/07/021st Vt. Cav. engaged at Luray Court House, VA (Battles)
1862/07/02 Commander Geo. A. Prentiss, USS Albatross, Winyah Bay, reported: On the 24th ultimo we passed the bar with 11 feet of water and entered the South Santee… Passing … Blake's plantation, we were fired upon by artillery, riflemen, and cavalry; the shots passed over and near the Henry Andrew, the sternmost vessel. We turned back, shelled them into the woods, landed the marines and a party of seaman, burned the mill and dwellings that harbored them, together with about 100,000 bushels of rice. Lieutenant Lowry threw out skirmishers and advance cautiously into the adjoining woods, when he was attacked by the rebels in force. He retreated, fighting, as directed by me, under the cover of the steamers. A marine was wounded in the leg and a number of others had very narrow escapes.' (ORN)
1862/07/03USS Hatteras, Commander Emmons, captured the schooner Sarah bound for Sabine Pass, Texas, with cargo of sugar and molasses. (ORN)
1862/07/05Casper H. Dean, 6th Regiment, wrote to his brother from camp near the James River (Correspondence)
1862/07/05USS Hatteras, Commander Emmons, captured the sloop Elizabeth off the Louisiana coast. (ORN)
1862/07/077th Regiment at Grand Gulf, Miss. (Dyer)
1862/07/087th Regiment engaged mortar boats at Vicksburg, Miss. (Battles)
1862/07/09The 9th Regiment mustered into the service of the United States July 9, 1862, for three years, with 920 officers and men. (Peck)
1862/07/101st Vt. Cav. engaged at Culpeper Court House, Va. (Battles)
1862/07/15CSS Arkansas, Lieutenant I. N. Brown, engaged and ran through the Union fleet above Vicksburg, partially disabling USS Carondelet and Tyler. (NavHist)
1862/07/16David Farragut promoted to Rear Admiral, the first officer to hold that rank in the history of the US Navy. (NavHist)
1862/07/18Casper H. Dean, 6th Regiment, wrote to his father from camp near Harrison's Landing, VA about sickness at home and in the camp (Correspondence)
1862/07/19USS Hatteras, Commander Emmons, captured the rebel steamer Indian No. 2, on her way from the Sabine to Berwick Bay, with a cargo of bacon, lard and flour. (ORN)
1862/07/227th Regiment engaged in attack on Transport Cars, Warrington, Miss. (Battles)
1862/07/23Extract from the report of Commander Renshaw, US Navy, commanding division of Mortar Flotilla, regarding the operations of his command: '… Acting Assistant Surgeon E. H. Allis … for kind and unremitting attention to the sick… (ORN)
1862/07/25The first section [of the Second Battery, Vt. Light Artillery] went on an expedition under Major Peck, of the Twelfth Connecticut, to Lake Pontchartrain, embarked on the [side-wheel] steamer Grey Cloud to Pass Manach, where we destroyed a railroad bridge; from thence to and up the Madison River about seven miles, where we were fired into by guerrillas, which were scattered by a few rounds of canister. After visiting St. Louis Bay and other points we returned to Camp Parapet.' Major Frank H. Peck reported that five companies of his regiment and a section of Captain P. E. Holcomb's battery embarked Grey Cloud, commanded by Lieutenant Buchanan, US Navy, on the evening of July 25. The next morning, as the vessel approached the bridge at Pass Manach, Captain Holcomb fired the first shot, a shell from his Sawyer gun, which scared off a rebel scout living in one of the houses near the bridge. After destroying the bridge, the expedition sailed up the Tchefuncta River to Covington. After a short visit, as the gunboat was leaving, a volley of musketry came from the bushes covering the river bank. 'Captain Holcomb almost instantly sent a charge of canister after them, and Lieutenant Buchanan brought his 32-pounders to bear with terrible effect.' As the vessel passed down the river, they used Captain Holcomb's 20-pounder Parrott as well as the ship's guns, to chase away rebels hiding along the banks of the river. Major Peck concluded his report by indicating Captain Holcomb's 'large experience in service of this character has been of great assistance to me.' (ORN)
1862/07/28USS Hatteras, Commander Emmons, captured the rebel brig Josephine off Ship Shoal, out of New Orleans, bound for Havana, with 322 bales of cotton. (ORN)
1862/08/021st Vt. Cav. engaged at Orange Court House, Va. (Battles)
1862/08/05The 7th Regiment 'took a conspicuous and highly meritorious part in the battle [of Baton Rouge]... In addition to other losses, it had the great misfortune to lose its beloved and heroic Colonel, George T. Roberts, who died two days later from wounds received while gallantly discharging his duties at the most critical stage of the action.' (Peck)
1862/08/05Colonel George T. Roberts, commanding the 7th Regiment, was mortally wounded at Baton Rouge, LA (Benedict)
1862/08/07Colonel Roberts, 7th Regiment, died of his wounds. (Benedict)
1862/08/10Report of Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, U.S. Army, commanding the Department of the Gulf of engagement at Baton Rouge, La. (5 Aug) (Benedict)
1862/08/14USS Hatteras, Commander Emmons, blockading Berwick Bay, requested a port call for coal and supplies and repairs to her condenser. (ORN)
1862/08/201st Vt. Cav. engaged at Kelly's Ford, Va. (Battles)
1862/08/221st Vt. Cav. engaged at Waterloo Bridge, Va. (Battles)
1862/08/24Commander R. Semmes assumed command of celebrated raider CSS Alabama. (NavHist)
1862/08/25GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. No. 62½, DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF, New Orleans, reporting the death of Colonel Roberts, and criticizing the regiment for its actions in the Battle of Baton Rouge, La. (Benedict)
1862/08/26Franklin Buchanan promoted to Admiral, ranking officer in the Confederate Navy. (NavHist)
1862/08/28Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Camp Bradley, Brattleboro till later.' (more)
1862/08/29Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Camp Bradley, Brattleboro (more)
1862/08/301st Vt. Cav. engaged at 2nd Bull Run, VA (Manassas) (Battles)
1862/09/01The 10th Regiment mustered into U. S. service. (Peck)
1862/09/0111th Regiment Mustered into U. S. service. (Dyer)
1862/09/02At a special town meeting, the town of Morristown 'voted to pay fifty dollars as a special bounty to each volunteer who served in the armies of the United States for nine months, one-half payable when he Mustered in and the rest when mustered out and 'extra pay of seven dollars per month if the present law did not secure the same or the state pay it.' (Mower 143)
1862/09/048th Regiment at Boutte Station and Bayou Des Allemands. LA (Dyer)
1862/09/04Private Lewis J. Ingalls, Co. K, 8th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1862/09/0610th Regiment departed Brattleboro for Washington. (Dyer)
1862/09/06Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Camp Bradley (more)
1862/09/06The 1st Brigade broke camp along the Potomac River and marched across Long Bridge, through Washington and Georgetown, to Tenallytown, three miles north of Georgetown, where the Sixth Corps halted that night. (Benedict)
1862/09/0810th Regiment arrived in Washington. (Dyer)
1862/09/0910th Regiment went into quarters at Camp Chase, near Arlington Heights (Dyer)
1862/09/09Captain Melancton Smith, USS Mississippi, , 'rescued from the right bank of the river on my return a lieutenant of the Eighth Vt. Regiment, who was worn out by the fatigue of traveling and nearly famished, and who had escaped capture by the rebel force that captured the Federal pickets stations at Bayou des Allemands. (ORN)
1862/09/10USS Hatteras, Commander Emmons, spoke the American Ship Charles Sprague, in ballast, from Vera Cruz, bound to New Orleans. The vessel had lost a mate and one man; yellow fever was suspected. (ORN)
1862/09/10Colonel Smalley's leave of absence from the regular army was revoked, and he resigned from the regiment, replaced by now Colonel Lewis A. Grant. (Benedict)
1862/09/11At the foot of Sugar Loaf Mountain, near Barnesville, Md., distinct proof of the presence of the enemy in the vicinity was afforded by a skirmish in front with a reconnoitring force of Confederate cavalry and infantry, which retired before the Union advance. The brigade was ordered into line but was not engaged. (Benedict)
1862/09/12Marched over the mountain and camped that night near the Baltimore & Ohio R.R. (Benedict)
1862/09/139th Regiment was engaged or present at Harper's Ferry, Va. (Battles)
1862/09/13The brigade moved to Adamstown, on the Baltimore & Ohio R.R., eight miles south of Frederick City. A copy of Special Order 191 was found by a piece of rare good fortune in the abandoned amp of General D. H. Hill, near that city, was placed in McClellan's hands. (Benedict)
1862/09/13USS Hatteras, Commander Emmons, boarded the Mexican schooner Jicaltipec, from Matamoras, bound to New Orleans. The vessel was in distress. He furnished them water and provisions, repaired their rudder and parted company the next day. Jicaltipec had six US soldiers who had escaped from prison in Texas. (ORN)
1862/09/141st Brigade engaged at Crampton's Gap, MD (Battles)
1862/09/149th Regiment was engaged or present at Harper's Ferry, Va. (Battles)
1862/09/14First Lieutenant George W. Hooker, Co. E, 6th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1862/09/159th Regiment captured at Harper's Ferry, VA (Battles)
1862/09/17Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from camp near Fort Lincoln, D.C. (more)
1862/09/17Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Camp near Fort Lincoln, D.C. (more)
1862/09/171st Brigade engaged at Antietam, MD (Battles)
1862/09/19Private Cassius Peck, Co. F, 1st USSS, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1862/09/21Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Camp near Fort Lincoln, D.C. (more)
1862/09/221st Vt. Cav. engaged at Ashby's Gap, Va. (Battles)
1862/09/22President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation (Lincoln)
1862/09/22President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in the midst of the Civil War, announcing on September 22, 1862, that if the rebels did not end the fighting and rejoin the Union by January 1, 1863, all slaves in the rebellious states would be free. (Lincoln)
1862/09/23The preliminary text of the Emancipation Proclamation is published as a result of the Union victory at Antietam. (LoC)
1862/09/25USS Kensington and Rachel Seaman and mortar schooner Henry James bombarded Sabine City, Texas, and forced Confederate troops to withdraw from the city. (NavHist)
1862/10/01The Western Gunboat Fleet was transferred from the War Department to the Navy. (NavHist)
1862/10/03Naval forces under Commander William B. Renshaw in USS Westfield, including USS Harriet Lane., Owasco, Clifton, and mortar schooner Henry Janes, bombarded and captured the defenses of the harbor and city of Galveston. Six days later, Galveston formally surrendered to Renshaw. Rear Admiral David G. Farragut reported 'I am happy to inform you that Galveston, Corpus Christi, and Sabine City and the adjacent waters are now in our possession. ... All we want, as I have told the Department in my last dispatches, is a few soldiers to hold the places, and we will soon have the whole coast.' The failure to have a sizeable effective Marine Corps to send ashore in conjunction with fleet operations reduced considerably the effectiveness of the Navy and may have lengthened the war. (ORN)
1862/10/0412th Regiment mustered into U. S. service. (Dyer)
1862/10/04George Benedict, 12th Regiment: 'yesterday afternoon was rendered memorable by our first knapsack drill. The orders were for a review of the regiment, fully equipped, with knapsacks packed. The overcoat was accordingly folded and placed within the knapsack; the change of underclothing, socks, etc., ditto; and the woolen blankets rolled tightly within the rubber blanket and then strapped on the top. The whole concern, with the straps, weighs on an average about thirty-five pounds, and there goes science, let me tell you, to the production of a skillfully packed knapsack.' (Army Life)
1862/10/05Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from camp near Fort Lincoln, D.C. (more)
1862/10/05George Benedict, 12th Regiment: 'the review by Gov. Holbrook and inspection yesterday, was not as tedious as we expected. One man of our company fainted and two or three fell out before it was over; but most of the men agreed that it was on the whole an easier job than that of the day before.' (Army Life)
1862/10/0712th Regiment departed Brattleboro for Washington, arriving October 10. (Dyer)
1862/10/07Two cutters from USS Montgomery sent to investigate the steamer Blanche, which had beached nine miles from Havana, Cuba. After the crew of the first cutter, in charge of Acting Master Charles G. Arthur, had boarded the suspected blockade runner, Acting Ensign William O. Putnam, on the second cutter, noticed the vessel was on fire, raised the alarm, and managed to rescue several members of Montgomery's crew, as well as some members of the Blanche's crew. (ORN)
1862/10/08Pvt Joseph W. Taylor, Co. I, 3rd VVI, died; originally buried at Lovell General Hospital, Portsmouth RI; reinterred at Cypress Hills National cemetery (Cemetery database)
1862/10/10Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from camp near Fort Lincoln, D.C. (more)
1862/10/1013th Regiment mustered into U. S. service. (Dyer)
1862/10/10George Benedict, 12th Regiment, on the arrival of the regiment in Washington: The behavior of the regiment throughout the whole journey, elicited expressions of surprise and praise from the railroad and steamboat men and the citizens of every place at which we stopped. One of the managers of the Relief Association at Philadelphia said to me: "We have a good many regiments through here-thirteen this week, and on an average two regiments a day, now-a-days-and I think I have never seen a regiment of a thousand such universally well-behaved, orderly and gentlemanly men." (Army Life)
1862/10/1012th Regiment in camp on East Capitol Hill, Washington, until October 30. (Dyer)
1862/10/12George Benedict, 12th Regiment, on visitors to camp: 'We have already been visited by many of our friends of other regiments-by Quartermaster Dewey, Capt. Erhardt, Sergeant Morse and other of the First Vt. Cavalry, whose camp is across the river; by several from the Eleventh Vt., which is in camp about four miles away, by Lieut. Carey, of the 13th Mass., which fine regiment, once of 1100 men, has now 700 in hospital, sick and wounded, and is reduced by losses (in battle mainly) to 191 effective men; by Lieut. "Willie" Root, of the 22d Conn., which was in camp close by us yesterday, but to-day has struck tents and moved away to Chain Bridge; and by others, whose brown and hearty faces it was pleasant to see.' (Army Life)
1862/10/13Letter from Governor Frederick Holbrook to Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War, demanding a court of inquiry in regards to Maj.-Gen. Butler's General Orders 62, criticizing the regiment for their action at the Battle of Baton Rouge. (Benedict)
1862/10/14George Benedict, 12th Regiment: 'We are for the present attached to Gen. Casey's Division of the Reserved Army Corps for the Defence of Washington, and it is the general impression among the men that we may remain here for some weeks.' (Army Life)
1862/10/17Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Camp near Fort Lincoln, D.C. (more)
1862/10/18Commander Emmons was ordered to leave USS Hatteras, and assume command of USS R. R. Cuyler. (ORN)
1862/10/2114th Regiment organized at Brattleboro October 21, 1862, for nine months. (Dyer)
1862/10/2214th Regiment traveled to Washington, October 22-25. (Dyer)
1862/10/2215th Regiment was organized at Brattleboro and mustered in. (Dyer)
1862/10/23A Board of Inquiry is ordered regarding the discipline and efficiency of the regiment at the Battle of Baton Rouge, published as Special Order 462, Headquarters Department of the Gulf by R. S. Davis, Captain and acting Adjutant-General. (Benedict)
1862/10/2316th Regiment organized and mustered in at Brattleboro. (Dyer)
1862/10/2315th Regiment traveled to Washington, October 23-26 (Dyer)
1862/10/2416th Regiment traveled to Washington, D.C., October 24-27. (Dyer)
1862/10/2514th Regiment was at Camp Chase, Arlington, Virginia, October 25-28 (Dyer)
1862/10/2716th Regiment camped at East Capitol Hill, Washington, until October 30, 1862. (Dyer)
1862/10/3015th Regiment marched from East Capitol Hill to Munson's Hill. (Dyer)
1862/10/3016th Regiment marched to Munson Hill. (Dyer)
1862/10/3112th Regiment at Camp Vt., near Hunting Creek, until December 12. (Dyer)
1862/10/3112th Regiment moved from Munson's Hill to Hunting Creek. (Dyer)
1862/10/31During October the Confederate Torpedo Bureau was established under Lieutenant H. Davidson, continuing work pioneered by Commander M. F. Maury. (NavHist)
1862/11/02Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slocum, D.C. (more)
1862/11/03Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from camp near Fort Lincoln, D.C. (more)
1862/11/03CSS Cotton and shore batteries engaged Union squadron at Berwick Bay, Louisiana. The squadron suffered considerable damage before the gallant Confederate gunboat expended all its ammunition and was compelled to withdraw. (NavHist)
1862/11/04Pvt Sylvanus S. Barnard, Co. G, 7th VVI, died of disease; he is buried in Chalmette National Cemetery (cenotaph at Summer Hill, Springfield, VT) (Cemetery database)
1862/11/0515th Regiment marched from Munson's Hill to Hunting Creek. (Dyer)
1862/11/0516th Regiment marched to Hunting Creek November 5. (Dyer)
1862/11/0516th Regiment was at Camp Vt., near Hunting Creek, until December 12. (Dyer)
1862/11/05Robert M. Blair, Peacham, joins the Navy at Portland, Maine (profile)
1862/11/06Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Camp near Fort Lincoln, D.C. (more)
1862/11/06Lieutenant George M. Blodgett, late commander USS Conestoga, died of disease at Cairo, Illinois. (ORN)
1862/11/07Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Camp near Fort Lincoln, D.C. (more)
1862/11/08Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Camp near Fort Lincoln, D.C. (more)
1862/11/08George Benedict, 12th Regiment: 'Nearly half the regiment is off on "fatigue duty" to-day. This, it seems, is the military term for the process which is said to be McClellan's forte. In common English it is called digging.' (Army Life)
1862/11/13Pvt Sylvester F. Briggs, Co. A, 4th VVI, died of disease; originally buried in Hagerstown, MD; reinterred at Antietam National Cemetery, MD (Cemetery database)
1862/11/14Pvt Henry Morfit, Co. K, 7th VVI, died of disease; interment in Chalmette National Cemetery (Cemetery database)
1862/11/15Letter from Maj.-Gen. Butler to Governor Holbrook, detailing his actions regarding a court of inquiry into the regiment's actions at the Battle of Baton Rouge. (Benedict)
1862/11/15Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/11/16Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/11/17Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/11/18Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/11/19Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/11/20GENERAL ORDERS, No. 98. HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF, New Orleans, November 20, 1862. Restores the colors to the regiment. Signed by George C. STRONG, Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff. (Benedict)
1862/11/20Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/11/21Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/11/22Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/11/2614th Regiment was on picket duty near Occoquan Creek November 26-December 5. (Dyer)
1862/11/29Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/11/30Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/01Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/02Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/04Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/05USS R. R. Cuyler, Commander Emmons, was ordered to proceed to Pensacola navy yard to take on coal and three months' supplies of provisions, and return to its blockading duties 'at this place with dispatch. (ORN)
1862/12/06George Benedict, 12th Regiment: 'The Thanksgiving dinner of the officers' mess of Company C came off to-day, and was a highly select and recherché affair.' (Army Life)
1862/12/08Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/09Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/10Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/11Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/1216th Regiment participated in picket duty near Fairfax Court House to January 20, 1863. (Dyer)
1862/12/1212th Regiment on picket duty near Fairfax Court House until January 20. (Dyer)
1862/12/12USS Cairo, Lieutenant Commander T. O. Selfridge, was sunk in the Yazoo River, the first ship to be destroyed by a Confederate torpedo. (NavHist)
1862/12/13Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/14Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/15Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/16Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/17Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/18Colonel Lord, Sixth Vt., resigned on account of ill health and Lieutenant Colonel Tuttle was promoted to the command of the regiment. Major Barney succeeded him as Lieutenant Colonel, and Capt. Oscar A. Hale was appointed Major. (Crockett)
1862/12/18Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/19Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/20Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/21Commodore H. H. Bell, at Pensacola Bay, forwarded to Rear Admiral Farragut, two letters from Captain Thornton A. Jenkins reporting a collision of the US Storeship Supply, Commander Colvocoresses, with the US steam sloop Oneida, and Jenkins' demand for a court of enquiry. (ORN)
1862/12/21Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/22Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/23Commodore H. H. Bell, at Pensacola Bay, directed Commander Colvocoresses to proceed with Supply to New Orleans. (ORN)
1862/12/23Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/24Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/25Ralph Sturtevant, 13th Regiment, in camp at Fairfax Court House: 'our regiment spent Christmas in camp and no duty. We thought of home and knew that many a stocking would not be found in its accustomed place, and the usual Christmas dinners and parties likely in many homes would be omitted because of fathers and sons in the army. I recall our cooks made extra efforts to have something nice for dinner on this Christmas day. We had pork and beans that had been roasted and baked all night in a bed of coals hot for dinner, boiled rice with good sale molasses or muscavade sugar, old government Java coffee, nice hard tack, (worms all shook out), sweet potatoes and corned beef, and all this cooked in good shape. We thought it a dinner fit for a king and all were merry.' (Sturtevant, 103)
1862/12/25Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/26Newton Glazier, 11th Regiment, from Fort Slocum, D.C. (more)
1862/12/26Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/27Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/28Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/2912th Regiment defending Fairfax Court House from attack by Stuart's cavalry. (Dyer)
1862/12/29Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/30Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)
1862/12/31USS Monitor, Commander J. P. Bankhead, foundered and was lost at sea off Cape Hatteras. (NavHist)
1862/12/31Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more)

(See also 1862 New York Times articles)