Timeline 1860-1861

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1860        Jan 10, Ezequiel Zamora (1817-1860), leader of the Federalist Army in Venezuela, was assassinated.

1860        Jan 17, Anton Chekhov (d.1904), Russian playwright and short story writer, was born. "Man is what he believes." He was famous for "The Seagull" and "Three Sisters. " Part of his letters were published in a 1955 edition edited by Lillian Hellman. In 1997 his later letters from 1899 to actress Olga Knipper were edited by Jean Benedetti and published as: "Dear Writer, Dear Actress: The Love Letters of Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper."
    (WUD, 1994, p.252)(WSJ, 12/5/97, p.A16)(HN, 1/17/99)(AP, 5/24/99)

1860        Feb 22, Shoe-making workers of Lynn, Mass, struck successfully for higher wages. The strike in Lynn and Natick, Massachusetts, spread throughout New England and involved 20,000 workers. The strike was for higher wages and included women. The workers won their major demands.
    (HNQ, 8/3/98)(MC, 2/22/02)

1860        Feb 26, White settlers massacred a band of Wiyot Indians at the village of Tuluwat on Indian Island near Eureka, Ca. At least 60 women, children and elders were killed. Bret Harte, newspaper reporter in Arcata, fed the news to newspapers in San Francisco.  On Oct. 21, 2019, the tribe regained control of Indian Island, the site of the massacre.
    (SFC, 2/28/04, p.D1)(AP, 10/21/19)

1860        Feb 29, Herman Hollerith, inventor of a tabulation mechanism (1864) that was a forerunner to the computer, was born.
    (HN, 2/29/00)(WSJ, 3/21/00, p.A20)

1860         Mar 1, Suzanna Salter, first female mayor, was born.
    (HN, 3/1/98)

1860        Mar 6, While campaigning for the presidency, Abraham Lincoln made a speech defending the right to strike.
    (HN, 3/6/99)

1860        Mar 9, The first Japanese ambassador to the United States, Niimi Buzennokami, and his staff arrived in San Francisco.
    (AP, 3/9/05)

1860        Mar 11, Thomas Hastings, architect of the New York Public Library, was born.
    (HN, 3/11/98)

1860        Mar 12, US Congress accepted the Pre-emption Bill. It provided free land in West for colonists.
    (MC, 3/12/02)

1860        Mar 19, William Jennings Bryan, orator, statesman, known as "The Great Communicator," was born.
    (HN, 3/19/98)

1860        Mar 27, M.L. Byrn patented a "covered gimlet screw with a 'T' handle" (corkscrew).
    (MC, 3/27/02)

1860        Apr 2, The first Italian Parliament met at Turin. Italy was unified. The Rothschild banking empire bankrolled Italy’s independence.
    (AP, 4/2/97)(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)(SFC, 7/12/96, p.A11)

1860        Apr 3, The US Pony Express mail system began when one horse and rider carrying a bulging mail pouch began the 10 1/2-day run from San Francisco, Calif., to St. Joseph, Mo. Riders left St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, Ca., at the same time. They averaged 12 mph over 75-100 mile segments between 157 relay stations located 5 to 20 miles apart. The freight company of Russell, Majors and Waddell began the service. The enterprise failed after only 18 months, however, due to mounting financial losses and competition from the ever-expanding telegraph network. Donald C. Biggs (d.2000 at 72), prof. of history at SF State, later authored "The Pony Express: Creation of the Legend."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pony_Express)(SFC, 2/15/97, p.D4)(AP, 4/3/97)(SFC, 6/12/00, p.A24)(SFC, 7/22/17, p.C2)

1860        Apr 6, Rene Lalique (d.1945), French goldsmith, jeweler, glassmaker and artist, was born. He helped mold the shape of 20th century art nouveau, art deco and architectural ornamentation.
    (SFC, 3/26/97, z1 p.7)(Hem., 6/98, p.134)(MC, 4/6/02)

1860        Apr 7, William Keith Kellogg, the brother of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (1852-1943), was born. Will later founded the W.K. Kellogg company in Battle Creek, Mich., to market the cornflakes invented by his older brother. [see 1895]
    (HN, 4/7/99)(http://www.ivu.org/history/adventists/kellogg.html)(WSJ, 9/29/00, p.W17)

1860        Apr 13, 1st Pony Express reached Sacramento, Calif.
    (MC, 4/13/02)

1860        Apr 14, First Pony Express rider arrived in San Francisco with mail originating in St. Joseph, Missouri. The bay horse and rider with 25 letters arrived on the steamer Antelope following a 10½ day journey.
    (SFC, 8/5/17, p.C1)

1860        Apr 23, Democratic convention in Charleston, SC, divided over slavery.
    (MC, 4/23/02)
1860        Apr 23, The Pony Express rider missed the boat at Benicia, Ca. Thomas Bedford, a 34-year-old stable keeper, was hired on the spot and boarded the ferry Carquinez with his horse. His discovered that his horse had lost a shoe and borrowed a horse from Martinez blacksmith Casemoro Briones and delivered the mail to the ferry at Oakland. The mail reached SF 9 hours and 15 minutes from the time it left Sacramento.
    (SFC, 4/28/97, p.A19)

1860        Apr 27, Thomas J Jackson (the future "Stonewall") was assigned to command Harpers Ferry.
    (MC, 4/27/02)

1860        Apr 29, Lorado Taft, US sculptor (Black Hawk), was born.
    (MC, 4/29/02)

1860        Apr 30, Navaho Indians attacked Fort Defiance (Canby).
    (MC, 4/30/02)

1860        Apr, John Speke and James Grant left England on an expedition to confirm Lake Victoria as the source of the Nile.
    (ON, 10/01, p.9)(WSJ, 5/20/06, p.P9)

1860        May 2, William Maddock Bayliss, British physiologist, co-discoverer of hormones, was born.
    (HN, 5/2/02)
1860        May 2, Theodor Herzl, journalist, founder (Zionist movement), was born in Austria.
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1860        May 9, James Matthew Barrie (d.1937), novelist (Margaret Ogilvy, Peter Pan), was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland.

1860        May 11, Giuseppe Garibaldi landed at Marsala, Sicily. He began a series of campaigns that politically unified most of the Italian peninsula in 1861.
    (HN, 5/11/99)(ON, 10/06, p.7)

1860        May 15, Ellen Louise Axson Wilson, first wife of President Woodrow Wilson, was born.
    (HN, 5/15/98)

1860        May 16, The Republican convention operned in Chicago.

1860        May 18, The Republican Convention in Chicago nominated Abraham Lincoln for US president and Senator Hannibal Hamlin of Maine as Vice President. Other presidential candidates included William Seward and Salmon Chase.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1860_Republican_National_Convention)(Econ, 12/1/12, p.75)

1860        May 21, Willem Einthoven, Dutch physiologist, inventor of the electrocardiogram, was born.
    (HN, 5/21/01)(MC, 5/21/02)
1860        May 21, Phinneas Gage died in SF from a major seizure. Gage had survived an 1848 blasting accident in Vermont when tamping iron blasted through his skull. [see Sep 13, 1848]
    (ON, 10/02, p.10)

1860        May 22, In Lebanon a small group of Maronites fired on a group of Druzes at the entrance to Beirut, killing one and wounding two. This sparked off a torrent of violence which swept through Lebanon.

1860        May 26, Garibaldi occupied Palermo, Italy.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1860        May 29, Isaac [Manuel F] Albéniz, Spanish pianist, composer (Iberia), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1860        Jun 6, William R. Inge, English theologian, Deacon St. Paul's Cathedral, was born.
    (MC, 6/6/02)

1860        Jun 7, Workmen started laying track for Market Street Railroad in SF.
    (SC, 6/7/02)

1860            Jun 9, The first dime novel: "Malaeska: The Indian Wife of the White Hunter," written by Ann Sophia Stephens (1813-1886), was published by Beadle and Adams in NYC.
    (AP, 6/9/02)(www.niulib.niu.edu/badndp/dn01.html)

1860        Jun 22, Nathan Maroney, a Philadelphia station agent for Adams Express Co., pleaded guilty to the theft of $40,000 after Pinkerton agents, who had secretly befriended him, appeared in court to testify against him.
    (ON, 7/06, p.12)

1860        Jun 23, The U.S. Secret Service was created to arrest counterfeiters and protect the president.
    (HN, 6/23/98)

1860        Jun 25, Gustave Charpentier, French composer (Louise), was born.
    (MC, 6/25/02)

1860        Jun 29, Thomas Addison (67), English physician (A-Biermer Disease), died.
    (MC, 6/29/02)

1860        Jul 1, Charles Goodyear (b.1800), inventor or the vulcanization process for rubber, died. In 2002 Charles Slack authored "Noble Obsession" an account of his quest to develop a form of rubber impervious to high temperatures.
    (WSJ, 7/31/02, p.D10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Goodyear)

1860        Jul 4, In San Francisco the Market Street Railroad Co. opened a line on Market from Third to Valencia running both horsecar and steam train lines. This was the first street railway on the Pacific Coast. It was opened by banker Francois Pioche. The steam railway ran from Battery and Market to Valencia and then south to his Willows beer garden.
    (GenIV, Winter 04/05)(SSFC, 7/4/10, p.C2)(SFC, 12/12/15, p.C2)

1860        Jul 7, Gustav Mahler, conductor of the Vienna State Opera House, was born in Kalischat, Bohemia, Austria.
    (HN, 7/7/98)(MC, 7/7/02)

1860        Jul 14, Owen Wister (d.1938), novelist, was born in Germantown, Pa.  His 1902 novel "The Virginian" inspired 5 films.
    (HN, 7/14/01)(SFC, 1/9/02, p.D8)(AH, 10/02, p.18)

1860        Jul 19, Lizzie Borden, teacher, famous 1892 murder suspect, was born.
    (HN, 7/19/01)

1860        Jul 25, The 1st US intercollegiate billiard match was between Harvard and Yale.
    (SC, 7/25/02)

1860        Jul, In Alabama Captain William Foster scuttled the slave ship Clotilda after it delivered 110 slaves to Mobile, destined for the cotton growing plantations in the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. This was the last ship to bring slaves to the US. In 2019 the Alabama Historical Commission announced that wreckage of the ship was found on a a muddy stretch of the Mobile River. Alabama steamship owner Timothy Meaher had financed the last slave vessel that brought African captives to the US, and he came out of the Civil War a wealthy man.
    (SFC, 1/24/18, p.A6)(SFC, 5/24/19, p.A10)(AP, 10/5/19)(SFC, 12/27/21, p.A6)
1860        Jul, Fighting in Lebanon spilled over into Damascus. With the connivance of the military authorities and Turkish soldiers, Muslim fanatics organized pogroms which lasted three days (July 9-11). 25,000 Christians were killed including the American and Dutch consuls. Churches and missionary schools were set on fire. Many Christians were saved through the intervention of the Muslim Algerian exile Abd al-Qadir and his soldiers.

1860        Aug 3, The American Canoe Association was founded at Lake George, NY.
    (SC, 8/3/02)

1860        Aug 5, Joseph Carey Merrick, "Elephant Man," was born.
    (MC, 8/5/02)

1860        Aug 8, Queen of Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) arrived in NYC.
    (MC, 8/8/02)

1860        Aug 11, The first US successful silver mill began operation near Virginia City, Nev.
    (AP, 8/11/97)

1860        Aug 13, Annie Oakley (d.1926), sharp-shooter and entertainer, was born in Darke County, Ohio, as Phoebe Anne Oakley Mozee (Mosey). She became a markswoman and toured with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show.
    (WUD, 1994, p.992)(SFEC, 8/3/97, Z1 p.2)(HN, 8/14/98)
1860        Aug 13, Montenegro’s Nikola I Petrović-Njegoš (1841-1921) was still in Paris when, in consequence of the assassination of his uncle Danilo I, he succeeded as prince.

1860        Aug 20, Robert O’Hara Burke led a group of 15 men, 27 camels and 23 horses out of Melbourne on an expedition to cross Australia.
    (ON, 12/01, p.1)

1860        Aug 30, The first British tramway was inaugurated at Birkenhead by an American, George Francis Train.
    (HN, 8/30/98)

1861        Sep 1, Ulysses Grant assumed command of Federal forces at Cape Girardeau, MI.
    (MC, 9/1/02)

1860        Sep 3, Edward Albert Filene, merchant, was born. He established the US credit union movement.
    (MC, 9/3/01)

1860        Sep 6, Jane Addams (d.1935) was born. She is known for her work as a social reformer, pacifist, and founder of Hull House in Chicago in 1889, and as the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (1931). “The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of one’s self." “You do not know what life means when all the difficulties are removed! I am simply smothered and sickened with advantages. It is like eating a sweet dessert the first thing in the morning."
    (AHD, 1971, p.15)(AP, 8/28/97)(HN, 9/6/98)(AP, 10/4/98)

1860        Sep 7, Anna Marie Robertson (Grandma Moses, d.1953), American folk painter, best known for her paintings of rural life, was born. Anna Mary Robertson began painting at the age of 78. Her primitive and untrained art holds great appeal in its simplicity. [see 1953]
    (MC, 9/7/01)(HN, 9/7/02)
1860        Sep 7, Edith Sitwell, poet, was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England.
    (HN, 9/7/00)
1860        Sep 7, The Excursion steamer "Lady Elgin" sank and drowned 340 people in Lake Michigan.
    (MC, 9/7/01)

1860        Sep 12, William Walker (b.1824), conqueror of Nicaragua, was convicted and executed by the government of Honduras. The British had arrested him and turned him over to the government. In 2008 Stephen Dando-Collins authored “Tycoon’s War: How Cornelius Vanderbilt Invaded a Country to Overthrow America's Most Famous Military Adventurer."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Walker_(soldier))(SSFC, 4/10/05, p.F4)

1860        Sep 13, John J. Pershing (d.1948), aka "Black Jack," was born in Laclede, Missouri. He led the campaign against Pancho Villa in Mexico and commanded the American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I.
    (HN, 9/13/98)

1860        Sep 14, Hamlin Garland, author, was born. He wrote about the Midwest in novels such as "A Son of the Middle Border" and "The Book of the American Indian."
    (HN, 9/14/00)

1860        Sep 21, Arthur Schopenhauer (b.1788), German philosopher known for his pessimism and philosophical clarity, died. At age 25 he published his doctoral dissertation," On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason," which examined the four separate manifestations of reason in the phenomenal world.

1860        Oct 7, During the 2nd Opium War British troops on the outskirts of Beijing began to plunder the gardens of Yuanmingyuan (the garden of perfection and light), the imperial summer palace built by the Qing emperor Qianlong in 1709. Lord Elgin’s cavalry soon set fire and let the gardens burn for 3 days and nights.
    (WSJ, 1/13/04, p.A8)(www.china.org.cn/english/features/beijng/31186.htm)

1860        Oct 12, British and French troops captured Beijing.
    (MC, 10/12/01)

1860        Oct 13, The 1st US aerial photo was taken from a balloon over Boston.
    (HFA, ‘96, p.40)(MC, 10/13/01)

1860        Oct 15, 11-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, N.Y., wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by growing a beard.
    (AP, 10/15/01)

1860        Oct 17, The British Open was 1st held at the Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland. The prize was a red leather belt with a silver buckle. The belt was retired in 1872 and replaced with a silver claret jug.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Open_Championship)(WSJ, 7/21/00, p.W9)

1860        Oct 31, Juliette Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, was born.
    (HN, 10/31/00)

1860        Nov 6, Former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th US president. He defeated three other candidates, John Breckinridge, John Bell and Stephen Douglas. He won the US presidential elections with a majority of the electoral votes in a 4-way race. Following his election South Carolina seceded from the Union followed by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. Hannibal Hamlin was his vice-president.
    (WSJ, 9/19/97, p.A13)(HN, 11/6/98)(SFC, 12/21/98, p.A3)(AP, 11/6/08)

1860        Nov 13, South Carolina’s legislature called a special convention to discuss secession from the Union.
    (HN, 11/13/98)

1860        Nov 18, Ignacy Jan Paderewski (d.1941), composer and 3rd prime minister of Poland (1919), was born.

1860-1861    Nov-Apr. This five month period is described in the 1997 book: "Days of Defiance: Sumter, Secession, and the Coming of the Civil War" by Maury Klein.
    (WSJ, 9/19/97, p.A13)

1860        Dec 18, Edward Alexander MacDowell, American composer (Indian Suite), was born.
    (MC, 12/18/01)

1860        Dec 20, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union.
    (AP, 12/20/97)(HN, 12/20/98)

1860        Dec 24, South Carolina issued a “Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina."
    (Econ, 12/1/12, p.34)

1860        Dec 26, Major Robert Anderson, under cover of darkness, concentrated his small federal force at Ft. Sumter, SC.
    (MC, 12/26/01)

1860        Walter Richard Sickert (d.1942), English Impressionist painter, was born. In 2002 Patricia Cornwell, crime writer, reported that he was Jack the Ripper.
    (WSJ, 9/27/01, p.A16)(SSFC, 2/24/02, Par p.2)

1860        Frederic Edwin Church created his painting "Twilight in the Wilderness."
    (WSJ, 9/19/02, p.D12)

1860        William Craft authored “Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom." He and his wife Ellen had escaped under disguise from Macon, Georgia, to Philadelphia in 1848.
    (ON, 10/04, p.10)

1860        George Eliot, aka Mary Ann Evans, wrote her novel "The Mill on the Floss."
    (SFC, 10/10/97, p.C1)

1860        Charles Dickens wrote his novel "Great Expectations." It was made into a 1997 film with the setting transferred to New York and Florida in the 1990s.
    (SFEC,11/23/97, DB p.43)

1860        Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), published his poem “Paul Revere’s Ride," (The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere).
    (WSJ, 10/31/00, p.A24)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Wadsworth_Longfellow)

1860         Henry Creswicke Rawlinson (1810-1895), English diplomat and Assyriologist, authored “Cuneiform Inscriptions of Western Asia," the 1st book on deciphering Assyrian script.
    (ON, 11/07, p.4)(http://tinyurl.com/34fg4f)

1860        Gottfried Semper authored "Der Stil."
    (WSJ, 1/29/00, p.A24)

1860        The martini drink cocktail was invented.
    (SFC,12/24/97, Z1 p.6)

c1860        Golf balls began to be made of guttal percha, a tree sap.
    (SFEC, 6/14/98, p.A12)

1860        The Woodlawn Vase was created by Tiffany & Co. as a trophy for the Woodlawn Racing Assoc. in Louisville, Ky. It was buried during the Civil War and by 1917 was associated with the Preakness.
    (WSJ, 11/21/00, p.A24)

1860        The 95,000 acre Baca Ranch, NM, was founded under a land grant to a Spanish leader. The property contained the Valles Caldera, the collapsed crater of an ancient volcano. The property was sold to James P. Dunigan, an oil man, in 1962 for $2.5 mil. It was sold to the US government in 1999 for $101 million.
    (SFC, 9/9/99, p.A3)

1860        Pinos Altos, NM, was founded when three 49ers stopped to take a drink in Bear Creek and discovered gold.
    (WSJ, 5/21/04, p.W2)

1860        In New York Bard College began as a small school in Annandale-on-Hudson. It was next to Montgomery Place, whose landscape was attributed to Andrew Jackson Downing, America’s most famous 19th century landscape architect.
    (WSJ, 11/24/98, p.A20)

1860        A US government expedition explored the northwest border of the Wyoming territory. Ferdinand Hayden (30) served as doctor and geologist.
    (ON, 11/02, p.1)

1860        US sailors intercepted 3 American slave ships on their way to Cuba. The Wildfire, the William and the Bogota carried some 1,432 African slaves from the area of Benin and Congo to be sold in Cuba. The slaves were taken to Key West for 3 months and then returned to Africa.
    (SSFC, 2/8/04, p.C12)

1860        The total value of US slaves was $3.5 billion, the equivalent of $68.4 billion in 2006. The US gross national product was only about 20% above the value of the nation’s slaves.
    (WSJ, 3/24/06, p.W4)

1860        In South Carolina by the time of the Civil War the Ball family owned some 4,000 slaves who worked 25 plantations along the Cooper River. The family kept a history and in 1998 descendant Edward Ball published "Slaves in the Family."
    (SFEC, 2/22/98, BR p.1,8)(SFEC, 4/19/98, p.A22)

1860        In San Francisco the Calvary Cemetery was established.
    (SFC, 3/31/18, p.C2)
1860        St. Teresa of Avila's Catholic Church in Bodega Bay, Ca., was founded.
    (SFEM, 6/13/99, p.27)
1860        More laws in California were passed that allowed the enslavement of Indians.
    (SFEC, 9/20/98, Z1 p.4)
1860        California’s Legislature decreed that “Negroes, Mongolians and Indians shall not be allowed into public schools."
    (SFC, 4/15/17, p.C2)
1860        California began its official mineral collection. It was later house in the California State Mineral and Mining Museum in Mariposa County.
    (SSFC, 7/1/07, p.W8)
1860        In California the 25-room Burgess Mansion, later known as the Secret Garden Mansion, was built in The Corners, renamed Walnut Creek in 1862. The Leech House was built in The Corners. In 2006 it stood as a restaurant and offices at 1533 N. Main St.
    (SFC, 7/4/98, p.A17)(SFC, 7/17/06, p.B5)
1860        California pioneer John Bidwell founded Chico, Ca. His Rancho Chico became a model for agriculture across the state.
    (SFC, 3/9/01, p.WBb 7)(SFC, 4/21/07, p.B5)
1860        Sam Brannan, California’s first millionaire, bought the spring grounds at Indian Springs and the Calistoga Hot Springs Hotel. His name of Calistoga is the combination of California and Saratoga, a famous New York spa.  Two years later he opened the rest of the resort, which included a racetrack, bath houses and horse stables.
    (Flyer on Indian Springs, 7/95)(SFEC, 2/22/98, p.T5)(SSFC, 10/21/18, p.M6)
1860        Miners numbered some 3,000 in the town of Volcano in California’s Amador county. John Doble, a miner from Indiana, noted this in his diary.
    (SSFC, 4/8/01, p.T4)

1860        A mattress on the floor of the Tremont House Hotel in Chicago rented for $2.50 per night.
    (Hem., 7/96, p.26)

1860        Milton Bradley started a lithograph company in Springfield, Mass. In 1866 Bradley launched the board-game industry in North America with “The Checkered Game of Life," which innovated on earlier representations of life as a board game. By 1880 he expanded into manufacturing jigsaw puzzles. Hasbro bought Milton Bradley in 1992.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Game_of_Life)(SFC, 6/11/08, p.G3)

1860        John Wagner established Nevada's longest-operating brewery in Carson City during the rush to Virginia City. The Carson Brewing Co. built a new two-story brewery in 1865 in the commercial form of Classical Revival, on the corner of Division and King streets, where it was later turned into an arts and performance center.
    (www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/nevada/bre.htm)(SSFC, 11/19/06, p.F10)

1860        John and Frank Wyeth established a drugstore in Philadelphia. It grew to become Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories in 1926 and was later acquired by American Home Products.
    (SFC, 1/21/98, p.B2)

1860        Sewanee Mining Co. was reorganized and incorporated as Tennessee Coal and Railroad Co.
    (WSJ, 5/28/96, R45)

1860        The Great Lakes Brewing Co. was established in Cleveland and is the oldest licensed saloon there.
    (SFC, 6/2/96, p.T-11)

c1860        Mass production of watches began in the US in this decade.
    (NG, Mar, 1990, p. 113)

1860        Of the more than 8 million whites in the American South in 1860, those who owned slaves numbered 383,637. Of those, 2,292 were large planters who held more than 100 slaves.
    (HNQ, 6/8/98)

1860        A US federal head count numbered 32,654 men and 1,577 women in Colorado.
    (SFEC, 1/30/00, Z1 p.2)

1860        Edward Lartet, geologist, presented his paper Proofs that Man Existed with Extinct Animals.
    (RFH-MDHP, 1969, p.121-122)

1860        Cinnabar or quicksilver was discovered in the Mayacamas Range of Calistoga, Ca. The mercury was used to recover gold and silver from ores by amalgamation, and in the manufacture of explosives, drugs and paints.
    (WCG, 7/95, p.22)

1860        The release of carbon into the atmosphere was estimated to have been about 93 million tons.
    (NOHY, Weiner, 3/90, p.40)

1860        Cornelius Felton (1807-1862), professor of Greek literature, succeeded James Walker as president of Harvard.

1860        In Britain Queen Victoria decreed that men who chose to remain unmarried would not be welcome in Her Majesty’s Rifle Corp. She held that "normal married life improves a man’s marksmanship."
    (SFEC, 12/15/96, zone 1 p.5)
1860        Britain forswore most import duties.
    (Econ, 9/1/07, p.74)
1860        Thomas Huxley was asked by Bishop Samuel ("Soapy Sam") Wilberforce whether his ape ancestry resided on his father’s side or his mother’s side. Huxley responded that he would prefer descent from an ape rather than from a man of keen faculties and wide influence who employed his gifts to ridicule science.
    (WSJ, 10/10/97, p.A20)
1860        English inventor Frederick Walton made "linoleum" out of linseed oil.
    (SFC, 2/15/97, p.D4)
1860        Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) founded the Nightingale School and Home for Nurses in London, the first secular institution in the world to train nurses.
    (ON, 12/11, p.6)

1860        In the Convention of Peking China ceded the Kowloon Peninsula to Britain for all time.
    (SFC, 3/11/97, p.A12)(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A8)

1860        In China the Taiping Rising marked the first looting of Peking by the "big-nosed barbarians."
    (WSJ, 4/20/95, p. A-13)

1860        Signor Beato (d.1907), photographer, shot views of the Dagu forts, guarding the approaches to Beijing, with heaps of dead following their capture by an Anglo-French expedition.
    (WSJ, 11/27/00, p.A36)

1860        George Belden Crane decided that German grapes were a better idea for the Napa Valley than the native Missions.
    (WCG, 7/95, p.21)

1860        The Parc Monceau in Paris was taken over by the state to enable Baron Haussmann to complete the Boulevard Malesherbes.
    (SFEC, 3/26/00, p.T12)
1860        France sent 5,000 troops to Syria to stop the massacre of Maronite Christians at the hands of the Druze, which the Ottoman authorities were neither willing nor able to stop.
    (SFC, 9/7/08, Books p.5)
1860        The 1st French gendarmes arrived in Vietnam.
    (WSJ, 2/2/04, p.A12)
1860        Parisian inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville captured 10-second clip of a woman singing "Au Clair de la Lune," using a phonautograph, a device that created visual recordings of sound waves.
    (AP, 3/28/08)
1860        In France the Yonne Department had almost 99,000 acres of grapevines for wine. Diseases such as oidium and phylloxera destroyed the Chablis vines in the late 19th century and the Carmenére grape was wiped out in France. In 1994 the Carmenére grape was found to be thriving in Chile.
    (SFC, 7/16/97, Z1 p.4)(WSJ, 12/28/01, p.A17)

1860        Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism, was born in Pest, Hungary.
    (CNT, Nov., 1994, p.212)

1860        Indian law established use of the death penalty.
    (AP, 2/23/13)
1860        In Calcutta, later known as Kolkata, Scottish businessman, banker and politician James Wilson delivered India's first-ever budget speech. Wilson had founded the Economist 17 years earlier in London.
    (Econ., 1/30/21, p.31)
1860        A British seaman proposed digging a deeper, 19-mile shipping canal in the shallow Palk strait between India and Sri Lanka. In 2004 India planned to go ahead with the project.
    (Econ, 11/6/04, p.44)

1860        During the excavation of Pompeii, Italy, Giuseppe Fiorelli got the idea of pouring liquid plaster into the spaces left by decomposed bodies in the beds of ashes.
    (SFEM, 10/11/98, p.14)

1860        In Lebanon the Sursock palace was built in the heart of historical Beirut on a hill overlooking the city's port. After the country's 1975-1990 civil war, it took 20 years of careful restoration for the family to bring the palace back to its former glory. In 2020 it was destroyed by a blast that damaged much of the city.
    (AP, 8/9/20)

1860        In Mexico City the Hosteria de Santo Domingo restaurant began serving Chile en Nogada, a chili dish that displays the national colors (green, white & red).
    (WSJ, 9/5/96, p.B1)

1860        Russia’s Emp. Alexander II presented the Mariinsky theater in St. Petersburg as a birthday present to his wife, Maria.
    (Econ, 5/11/13, p.87)
1860        Russian pioneers founded Vladivostok.
    (SFC, 2/15/97, p.D4)

1860        Savoy was ceded to France.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1272)

1860        The Serb King Knez Mihaljo was assassinated.
    (SFC, 12/27/96, p.A1,15)

1860s    Lone Pine, Ca., was named after a solitary tree.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.T3)

1860s    Land surveyor William Magee discovered an enormous mass of rich ore in Northern California and bought the land for an iron mine.
    (SFEC,11/2/97, p.A13)

1860s    A 1000 Paiutes of Owens Valley, Ca., were forcibly relocated to Fort Tejon in the Tehachapi Mountains by the US Army.
    (SFEC, 4/13/97, Z1 p.6)

1860s    Svend Foyn invented the harpoon cannon for whaling.
    (SFEC, 1/12/97, zone 3 p.4)

1860s    Brown’s Celebrated Indian Herb Bitters was a bitters medicine made at this time. They used a painted amber bottle shaped like an Indian woman holding a shield. An original sold for $4,800 in 1987.
    (SFC,12/17/97, Z1 p.16)

1860s    In Britain palace garden parties were begun to extend royal hospitality to Brits from all walks of life.
    (WSJ, 8/9/96, p.A8)

1860s    The last African slave ship landed in Cuba in the late 1860s.
    (WSJ, 12/1/97, p.A20)

1860s    Italian immigration to America slowly began.
    (AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.49)

1860s    In Malaysia prospectors for tin founded the city of Kuala Lumpur ("muddy confluence") at the confluence of the Kelang and Gombak rivers.
    (SFEC, 8/3/97, p.T3)

1860-1865    Anti-slavery, pro-Union guerrillas in Kansas during the American Civil War were commonly known as Jayhawkers. As a bird, the Jayhawk does not exist, but Jayhawkers were very real. Jayhawkers coursed about Kansas and Missouri, impelled by substantially more malice than charity as they fought their Confederate counterparts, the Bushwhackers, who favored the Confederacy. Some Bushwhackers were semi-legitimate soldiers, even grudgingly acknowledged as such by the Confederate Army. Such men as William Quantrill, "Bloody Bill" Anderson, John Thrailkill, David Pool, Jo Shelby and Jeff Thompson were in this category. Others were simply banditti with a quasi-military excuse for vengeful ambush, robbery, murder, arson and plunder.
    (HNQ, 5/24/01)(HN, 5/30/01)

1860-1870    Lewis Carroll took photographs of Alice Lidell, his inspiration for Alice In Wonderland.
    (WSJ, 9/29/95, p.A-10)
1860-1870    Erdmann and Reinhold Schlegelmilch, apparently unrelated, began making dinnerware in the 1860s in central Germany.
    (SFC, 4/2/08, p.G2)
1860-1870    The Maoari Wars broke out in New Zealand over issues of land ownership after colonists flooded the islands.
    (NG, Aug., 1974, C. McCarry, p.197)

1860-1884    Maria Bashkirtsev, Russian born writer. She studied art in Paris and wrote "The Journal of a Young Artist." She died of tuberculosis.
    (WP, 1951, p.23)

1860s-1890s    The Saud family moved to exile in Kuwait when the Ottoman Empire conquered much of Arabia.
    (WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A14)

1860-1900    Baled cotton remained the number one American export item from 1860 to 1900, rising from $192 million to $243 million. During the period its proportion of total exports dropped from approximately 60 percent to about 17 percent, as meat, grain, petroleum products and machinery grew.
    (HNPD, 6/13/99)

1860-1910    Auguste Moreau, a French bronze sculptor, worked over this period. His art included the sculpture "Eglantine" (wild rose), which depicted a woman draped in a vine of roses. It was used as the design for a clock c1900. His bronzes were copied in spelter, a soft white metal that’s mostly zinc.
    (SFC, 2/18/98, Z1 p.3)(SFC, 3/11/98, Z1 p.5)

1860-1911    Gustav Mahler, Bohemian born composer, wrote 10 symphonies.
    (T&L, 10/80, p. 104)

1860-1921     James Gibbons Huneker, American author and critic: "We are all snobs of the Infinite, parvenus of the Eternal."
    (AP, 8/5/98)

1860-1935     Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American economist and feminist: "A concept is stronger than a fact."
    (AP, 7/10/97)

1860-1937     Sir James Matthew Barrie, Scottish dramatist-author: "The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he hoped to make it."
    (AP, 8/6/97)

1860-1947    Don Simon Iturbi Patino, part Indian Bolivian miner, made a fortune in tin. While working as a clerk a customer in debt offered him the deed to an old tin mine. It turned out to be one of the richest deposits on earth. He served as an ambassador to Spain and France but was shunned by Bolivian aristocracy
    (WSJ, 1/11/98, p.R18)

1860-1949    James Ensor, Belgian painter. He was a master at dredging disturbing, uncensored images from the depths of the unconscious.
    (WUD, 1994 p.475)(WSJ, 6/5/01, p.A23)

1860-1958    Industry burned fossil fuel at a rate that doubled every two decades or so, injecting a total of more than 76 billion tons of carbon into the air.
    (NOHY, Weiner, 3/90, p.5)

1861        Jan 2, Helen Herron Taft, First Lady to President Robert Taft, was born.
    (HN, 1/2/99)
1861        Jan 2, The USS Brooklyn was readied at Norfolk to aid Fort Sumter.
    (HN, 1/2/99)
1861        Jan 2, SC seized the inactive Ft. Johnson in Charleston Harbor.
    (MC, 1/2/02)
1861        Jan 2, Frederik Willem IV (b.1795), king of Prussia (1840-61) and Germany (1849-61), died.

1861        Jan 3, Delaware rejected a proposal that it join the South in seceding.
    (HN, 1/3/99)
1861        Jan 3, US Ft. Pulaski & Ft. Jackson, Savannah, were seized by Georgia.
    (MC, 1/3/02)

1861        Jan 5, The merchant vessel Star of the West set sail from New York to Fort Sumter, in response to rebel attack, carrying supplies and 250 troops.
    (HN, 1/5/99)
1861        Jan 5, Alabama troops seized Forts Morgan & Gaines at Mobile Bay.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1861        Jan 6, Florida troops seized the Federal arsenal at Apalachicola.
    (MC, 1/6/02)
1861        Jan 6, Governor of Maryland sent a message to the people of Maryland, strongly opposing Maryland’s secession from the Union.
    (HN, 1/6/99)
1861        Jan 6, NYC mayor proposed that NY become a free city to continue trading with the North & South.
    (MC, 1/6/02)

1861        Jan 9,  Mississippi became the 2nd state to secede from the Union.
    (HN, 1/9/98)(AP, 1/9/99)(MC, 1/9/02)
1861        Jan 9, The Star of the West, a merchant vessel bringing reinforcements to Federal troops at Fort Sumter, S.C., retreated after being fired on by a battery in the harbor.
    (AP, 1/9/04)
1861        Jan 10, Ft. Jackson and Ft. Philip were taken over by LA state troops.
    (MC, 1/10/02)
1861        Jan 10, US forts & property were seized by Mississippi.
    (MC, 1/10/02)

1861        Jan 10, Florida became the 3rd state to secede from the Union.
    (AP, 1/10/98)(HN, 1/10/99)(MC, 1/10/02)

1861        Jan 11, Alabama became the 4th state to secede from the Union.
    (AP, 1/11/98)(HN, 1/11/99)

1861        Jan 15, Elisha Otis received patent # 31,128 for his steam elevator.

1861        Jan 17, Lola Montez (b.1821), dancer and actress, died in NYC. Born in Ireland as Eliza Rosanna Gilbert she became famous as a "Spanish dancer," courtesan, and mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, who made her Countess of Landsfeld.
    (SFC, 5/31/14, p.D1)

1861        Jan 19, Georgia became the 5th state to secede from the Union.
    (AP, 1/19/98)(HN, 1/19/99)

1861        Jan 21, U.S. Senator Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and four (five) other Southern senators made emotional farewell speeches. Just weeks after his home state of Mississippi seceded from the Union, Davis prepared to leave Washington, D.C., and the country he had served as a soldier, cabinet member and member of Congress. One more time, Davis enumerated the reasons why the South felt secession was its only recourse: "...when you deny to us the right to withdraw from a Government which...threatens to be destructive to our rights, we but tread in the path of our fathers when we proclaim our independence...." Davis then apologized to any senators he may have offended, and finished his address by saying, "...it only remains for me to bid you a final adieu."
    (AP, 1/21/01)(HNPD, 1/21/99)

1861        Jan 25, Pres. Lincoln picked Ferdinand Schavers, a black man, as his first bodyguard. (Hem., 5/97, p.18)(WSJ, 9/19/97, p.A13)

1861        Jan 26, Louisiana became the 6th state to secede from the Union.
    (AP, 1/26/98)(www.csawardept.com/documents/secession/LA/)

1861        Jan 29, Kansas became the 34th state of the Union and entered as a free state.
    (HFA, ‘96, p.22)(AP, 1/29/98)(NH, 7/98, p.28)

1861        Feb 1, A furious Governor Sam Houston stormed out of a legislative session upon learning that Texas had voted 167-7 to secede from the Union. Texas became the 7th state to secede.
    (AP, 2/1/97)(HN, 2/1/99)(MC, 2/1/02)

1861        Feb 2, Solomon R. Guggenheim, philanthropist (Guggenheim Museum NYC), was born.
    (MC, 2/2/02)
1861        Feb 2, Mohammed VI, last sultan of Ottoman Empire (1918-22), was born.
    (MC, 2/2/02)

1861        Feb 4, Delegates from six southern states met in Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America. They included Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. They elected Jefferson Davis as president of Confederacy.
    (AP, 2/4/97)(ON, 11/00, p.1)
1861        Feb 4, Winfield Scott, US general-in-chief, decided to relieve Lt. Col. Robert E. Lee as commander of federal forces in Texas and bring him to Washington DC where Lee could take command of forces guarding DC.
    (ON, 12/05, p.11)
1861        Feb 4, The Apache Wars began.
    (HFA, ‘96, p.22)

1861        Feb 5, The kinematoscope was patented by Coleman Sellers in Philadelphia.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1861        Feb 6, The 1st meeting of Provisional Congress of Confederate States of America.
    (MC, 2/6/02)
1861        Feb 6, English Adm. Robert Ritzroy issued the 1st storm warnings for ships.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

1861        Feb 7, The general council of the Choctaw Indian nation adopted a resolution declaring allegiance with the South "in the event a permanent dissolution of the American Union takes place."
    (AP, 2/7/07)

1861        Feb 8, Delegates from seceded states adopted a provisional Confederate Constitution in Montgomery, Ala.
    (HN, 2/7/97)(MC, 2/8/02)

1861        Feb 9, Confederate Provisional Congress declared all laws under the US Constitution were consistent with constitution of Confederate states. The Congress elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president. Jefferson Davis' Mexican War exploits led him to the Confederate White House. In 2001 William C. Davis authored "The Union That Shaped the Confederacy: Robert Toombs and Alexander H. Stephens."
    (HN, 2/9/97)(AP, 2/9/99)(WSJ, 6/13/01, p.A18)(MC, 2/9/02)
1861        Feb 9, Tennessee voted against secession.
    (HN, 2/9/97)

1861        Feb 11, President-elect Lincoln departed Springfield, Ill., for Washington.
    (AP, 2/11/97)
1861        Feb 11, The US House unanimously passed a resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state.
    (MC, 2/11/02)
1861        Feb 11, Australian explorers Burke and Wills approached the coast of Carpetaria but were forced to turn back when no path through the coastal marsh was found.
    (ON, 12/01, p.2,3)

1861        Feb 12, State troops seized US munitions in Napoleon, Ak.
    (MC, 2/12/02)

1861        Feb 13, Abraham Lincoln was declared president.
1861        Feb 13, In Australia the 4-man Burke party began their 700-mile return to Cooper’s Creek under constant rain.
    (ON, 12/01, p.2)

1861         Feb 15, Alfred North Whitehead (d.1947), English philosopher (Adv of Ideas) and mathematician, was born. "We think in generalities, but we live in detail." "I have always noticed that deeply and truly religious persons are fond of a joke, and I am suspicious of those who aren’t." "It is more important that a proposition be interesting than that it be true."
    (AP, 4/11/97)(AP, 10/5/97)(AP, 9/8/98)(MC, 2/15/02)
1861        Feb 15, Ft. Point was completed & garrisoned. It never fired cannon in anger.
    (440 Int’l., 2/15/99)

1861        Feb 18, Jefferson F. Davis was inaugurated as the Confederacy’s provisional president at a ceremony held in Montgomery, Ala., where the Confederate constitutional convention was held. Davis was sworn in on Feb 22 in Virginia.
    (AP, 2/18/98)(HN, 2/18/98)(AH, 10/04, p.60)
1861        Feb 18, At Fort Wise, Kansas, Indian tribes ceded possessions, enough to constitute two great States of the Union, retaining only a small district for themselves on both sides of the Arkansas river, which included the country around Fort Lyon.
1861        Feb 18, Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia became the first King of Italy.
    (HN, 2/18/98)(MC, 2/18/02)

1861        Feb 19, Pres.-elect Lincoln traveled through NYC on his way to Washington.
    (WSJ, 2/12/04, p.D12)

1861        Feb 20, The Confederacy Dept. of Navy formed.
    (MC, 2/20/02)
1861        Feb 20, Steeple of Chichester Cathedral was blown down during a storm.
    (MC, 2/20/02)

1861        Feb 22, Edward Weston left Boston on a bet  to walk to Lincoln's inauguration.
    (MC, 2/22/02)
1861        Feb 22, Jefferson Davis was sworn in as the permanent president of the Confederate States of America in Richmond, Va., on Washington’s birthday.
    (AH, 10/04, p.60)

1861        Feb 23, President-elect Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take office after an assassination plot was foiled in Baltimore. Allan Pinkerton, founder of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, may have saved Abraham Lincoln’s life by uncovering a plot to assassinate the president-elect in Baltimore, Md. At the detective’s suggestion, Lincoln avoided the threat by secretly slipping through the city at night. A few months later, Pinkerton joined Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan’s staff as chief intelligence officer. Using the name "Major Allen," the private detective remained with McClellan until late 1862, catching southern spies and running an espionage network in Confederate territory.
    (AP, 2/23/98)(HNPD, 3/22/99)
1861        Feb 23, Texas by popular referendum became the 7th state to secede from the Union.
    (HN, 2/23/98)(MC, 2/23/02)

1861        Feb 26, Ferdinand I, 1st tsar of modern Bulgaria (1908-18), was born in Vienna.
    (SC, 2/26/02)

1861        Feb 27, In the Warsaw massacre Russian troops fired on a crowd protesting Russian rule over Poland. Five marchers were killed.
    (AP, 2/27/98)

1861        Feb 28, The territory of Colorado was organized.
    (AP, 2/28/98)(HN, 2/28/98)

1861        Mar 2, The Territory of Nevada was created by an act of Congress. The first elected governor of the state was Henry G. Blasdel. US Congress created the Dakota & Nevada Territories out of the Nebraska & Utah territories
    (LVRJ, 11/1/97, p.1B)(SFEC, 7/9/00, DB p.67)(SC, 3/2/02)

1861      Mar 3, Russian Czar Alexander II issued a manifest and statutes to end feudal control of serfs as part of a program of westernization.
    (HN, 3/3/99)(LHC,3/1/03)(WSJ, 12/6/07, p.D7)

1861        Mar 4, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated president.
    (AP, 3/4/99)
1861        Mar 4, The US Government Printing Office, created by Congressional Joint Resolution 25 of June 23, 1860, began operations.
1861        Mar 4, The first official flag of the Confederacy, the "Stars and Bars" flag, was adopted, and was almost immediately criticized by peers because of matters of principle and functionality.

1861        Mar 5, Pres. Lincoln appointed William H. Seward as his Sec. of State. Seward served until March 4, 1869.

1861        Mar 6, Provisionary Confederate Congress established Confederate Army.
    (MC, 3/6/02)

1861        Mar 8, St. Augustine, Florida, surrendered to Union armies.
    (MC, 3/8/02)

1861        Mar 9, First hostile act of the Civil War occurred when Star of the West fired on Sumter, S.C.
    (HN, 3/9/98)

1861        Mar 10, Taras Shevchenko (b.1814), Ukrainian poet, writer, artist, public and political figure, died in St. Petersburg. He was a member of the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Brotherhood and an academician of the Imperial Academy of Arts. Shevchenko propounded an ethnic nationalism that divided Ukraine from its imperial Russian masters. His poetry helped codify the Ukrainian language.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taras_Shevchenko)(AP, 3/9/14)(Econ, 10/22/16, p.44)

1861        Mar 11, The Confederate convention in Montgomery, Ala., adopted a constitution. Representatives from the 7 Confederate states ratified the constitution of the Confederate states of America.
    (AP, 3/11/98)(Econ, 12/1/12, p.34)

1861        Mar 13, Jefferson Davis signed a bill authorizing slaves to be used as soldiers for the Confederacy.
    (HN, 3/13/98)

1861        Mar 14, Abraham Louis Niedermeyer (58), composer, died.
    (MC, 3/14/02)

1861        Mar 16, Arizona Territory voted to leave the Union.
    (MC, 3/16/02)

1861        Mar 19, Maori War in New Zealand ended.
    (AP, 3/19/03)

1861        Mar 23, London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr. Train of New York, began operating.
    (SS, 3/23/02)

1861        Mar 27, Black demonstrators in Charleston staged ride-ins on street cars.
    (MC, 3/27/02)

1861        Apr 4, John McLean (b.1785), US Supreme Court Justice, died after serving over 31 years.
    (AP, 7/24/98)(www.oyez.org/oyez/resource/legal_entity/21/)

1861        Apr 5, Gideon Wells, the Secretary of the Navy, issued official orders for the relief of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, S.C.
    (HN, 4/5/99)
1861        Apr 5, Federals abandoned Ft. Quitman, Tx.
    (MC, 4/5/02)

1861        Apr 6, Pres. Lincoln dispatched 3 ships and 600 men to Fort Sumter as a relief expedition carrying provisions. He followed this with a note to South Carolina Gov. Francis W. Pickens that no arms were included.
    (ON, 11/00, p.2)

1861        Apr 8, Elisha Graves Otis (50), US elevator builder (Otis), died.

1861        Apr 11, On April 11, 1861, Brig. Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard ordered the Federals under the command of Major Robert Anderson to surrender Fort Sumter, but Anderson refused. Anticipating war between North and South, Confederate President Jefferson Davis had ordered Beauregard to clear the harbor forts in Charleston, South Carolina, of Union troops. For three long months, Anderson and his besieged troops had waited for reinforcements at Fort Sumter. Back in Washington, Union naval officer Gustavus Fox raced against time to organize just such a mission.
    (HNPD, 4/12/99)

1861        Apr 12, The Confederates sent a final ultimatum for the surrender of Fort Sumter, South Carolina, at 12:45 a.m. Upon receiving Anderson's refusal, Gen'l. Beauregard's artillery began to bombard Fort Sumter at 4:30 a.m. For 34 hours, the Confederates and Federals traded fire before Anderson surrendered on April 13. The Civil War had begun.
    (Hem. 1/95, p. 70)(AP, 4/12/97)(HN, 4/12/98)(HNPD, 4/12/99)

1861        Apr 13, After 34 hours of bombardment, Union-held Fort Sumter surrendered at 2:30 pm to Confederates under the command of Gen PGT Beauregard. No Union defenders were killed in the 34-hour rebel assault on Charleston Harbor‘s Fort Sumter led by Major Robert Anderson. Likewise, none of the Confederate attackers were killed in this action. Union Pvt. Daniel Hough became the war‘s first official casualty when he was killed by a premature discharge of a cannon used as a salute in the evacuation ceremonies after the surrender.
    (HN, 4/13/98)(HNQ, 8/31/00)(MC, 4/13/02)

1861        Apr 14, Winfield Scott, US general-in-chief, met with Pres. Lincoln and his cabinet to plan a response to the surrender of Fort Sumter. They decided  to enlarge the 17,000 member US army and raise 75,000 new volunteers to suppress the rebellion.
    (ON, 12/05, p.11)

1861        Apr 15, Three days after the attack on Fort Sumter, S.C., President Lincoln declared a state of insurrection and called out for 75,000 Union volunteers.
    (AP, 4/15/97)(HN, 4/15/98)
1861        Apr 15, Samuel (41) and Florence Baker (20) left Cairo to search for explorers John Speke and James Grant.
    (ON, 10/01, p.9)

1861        Apr 16, US president Lincoln outlawed business with confederate states.
    (MC, 4/16/02)

1861        Apr 17, The Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union. Virginia became the eighth state to secede from the Union and moved troops to take over National Capital. Federal troops were rushed down the Chesapeake-Delaware Canal and arrived in time to stop Confederate troops from taking Washington D.C. The Wheeling Conventions declared Virginia’s secession from the Union unconstitutional and named Francis H. Pierpont governor of the Reorganized Government of Virginia, which was quickly recognized by the federal government. At the outbreak of the Civil War, representatives of Virginia’s western counties had gathered in the city of Wheeling (as the temporary capital) to form the Reorganized Government of Virginia. In 1862 a state constitution was adopted by the convention and on June 20, 1863, West Virginia was admitted as the 35th state in the Union.
    (AP, 4/17/97)(HN, 4/17/98)(NG, Sept. 1939, p.379)(HNQ, 6/16/99)
1861        Apr 17, In Australia Charles Gray, the ex-sailor in the Burke party, was found dead in his bed roll.
    (ON, 12/01, p.2)

1861        Apr 18, Colonel Robert E. Lee turned down an offer to command the Union armies.
    (HN, 4/18/98)(www.us-civilwar.com/lee.htm)
1861        Apr 18, Battle of Harpers Ferry, VA.
    (MC, 4/18/02)
1861        Apr 18, The Kansas Frontier Guards drilled and set up camp in the East Room of the White House with the mission to protect President Lincoln from a feared Rebel attack on Washington. The collection of Kansans in Washington, many office seekers and politicians, were organized and led by the state's first senator, James Henry Lane, a friend of the president and former leader of the Free State movement in Kansas. With Virginia's secession from the Union on April 17, rumors spread of an impending rebel strike on Washington. Lane organized the force of 50 men and offered their service to the War Department, arriving in the White House in the evening of April 18. As additional Union troops entered the city, the Frontier Guard was dismissed from the White House on April 19. The unofficial unit was assigned various positions in the city during the following week and, in a ceremony attended by the president, was disbanded on April 25.
    (HNQ, 1/7/99)

1861        Apr 19, President Lincoln ordered the blockade of Confederate ports.
    (HN, 4/19/97)
1861        Apr 19, Baltimore riots resulted in four Union soldiers, 9 civilians killed. The 6th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, the first Union troops to pass through pro-secessionist Baltimore, Md., entered Baltimore expecting trouble. As they marched through the streets on their way to the defense of Washington, D.C., the troops were attacked by rock-throwing rioters bearing Confederate flags. Four soldiers and nine civilians were killed in the daylong melee.
    (HN, 4/19/97)(HNPD, 4/23/99)

1861        Apr 20, Robert E. Lee resigned from U.S. Army.
    (HN, 4/20/98)
1861        Apr 20, Thaddeus Lowe landed in South Carolina only to be surrounded by a group of incredulous Carolinians who believed he was a spy. Lowe managed to persuade the crowd that his 500-mile trip from Cincinnati, Ohio, was merely an innocent aerial journey to test his strange craft. He later tried to convince the Union to use his skill as a balloonist.
    (HNQ, 4/5/01)(ON, 2/05, p.7)
1861        Apr 20, Battle of Norfolk, VA. [see Apr 21]
    (MC, 4/20/02)

1861        Apr 21, The Gosport Navy Yard on the Elizabeth River near Norfolk, Va., was burned and U.S. Navy ships destroyed by Federal troops carrying out the orders of Commodore Hiram Paulding. With the Confederate noose tightening around Gosport following Virginia‘s secession, and Union defenders dispatched by Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles unable to reach the yard, Paulding determined he must destroy and abandon the installation. Considered the most extensive and valuable naval shipyard in the Union, the loss of Gosport and 10 ships docked there, including the Merrimack—later refitted by the rebels and known as the CSS Virginia—was called by Horace Greeley as "The most shameful, cowardly, disastrous performance that stains the annals of the American Navy."
    (HNQ, 2/16/01)
1861        Apr 21, In Australia the Burke party of 3 reached Cooper’s Creek and found a message that the 4-man depot party under William Brahe had left earlier the same day for Darling with 6 camels and 12 horses. The Burke party departed Cooper’s Creek for the police station at Mount Hopeless, 150 miles away.
    (ON, 12/01, p.3)

1861        Apr 22, Robert E. Lee was named commander of Virginia forces.
    (HN, 4/22/98)

1861        Apr 23, Robert E. Lee assumed command of the military and naval forces of Virginia, which he organized thoroughly before they were absorbed by the Confederacy.
1861        Apr 23, Arkansas troops seized Fort Smith.
    (AP, 4/23/98)
1861        Apr 23, Battle of San Antonio, TX.
    (MC, 4/23/02)

1861        Apr 25, The Richmond Fayette Light Artillery was mustered into state service and first stationed at the Baptist College artillery barracks. The unit fought under General Magruder through the battles at Wynns Mill, Yorktown and Williamsburg. It fought the Maryland campaign with major General McLaw’s Division and was transferred to Major Pickett’s Division and fought at Fredericksburg.
    (RC handout, 5/27/96)
1861        Apr 25, Women in New York held a meeting out of which plans were made for the formation of the Civil War related Women's Central Association of Relief. This led to the formation of the Civil War Sanitary Commission, a forerunner of the Red Cross.

1861        Apr 27, President Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus.
    (HN, 4/27/98)

1861        Apr 27, West Virginia seceded from Virginia after Virginia seceded from the Union.
    (HN, 4/27/98)

1861        Apr 29, The Maryland House of Delegates voted against seceding from the Union.
    (AP, 4/29/98)(HN, 4/29/98)
1861        Apr 29, In Australia the Burke party shot one of their last 2 camels after it got stuck in mud. Supplies were divided between the 3 men and one camel.
    (ON, 12/01, p.4)

1861        Apr 30, President Lincoln ordered Federal Troops to evacuate Indian Territory.
    (MC, 4/30/02)

1861        Apr, William Woods Averell, recently convalesced Union officer, was sent out west in civilian garb from Washington, D.C., carrying orders to a fort commander in Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma). Averell was to proceed through secessionist lands to Fort Arbuckle in Indian Territory. Ordinarily, orders to frontier posts were telegraphed to Fort Smith, Arkansas--some 180 miles east of Fort Arbuckle--and a courier dispatched from there. But with Arkansas likely to secede at any time, such orders might be intercepted by secessionists.
    (HNQ, 5/27/01)

1861        May 3, Lincoln asked for 42,000 Army Volunteers and another 18,000 seamen.
    (MC, 5/3/02)
1861        May 3, Gen. Winfield Scott presented his Anaconda Plan to Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan.
    (www.civilwarhome.com/scottmcclellananaconda.htm)(ON, 12/05, p.12)

1861        May 5, Peter Cooper Hewitt, electrical engineer, inventor of the mercury-vapor lamp, was born.
    (HN, 5/5/01)
1861        May 5, CS troops abandon Alexandria, VA.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1861        May 6, Jefferson Davis approved a bill declaring War between US and Confederacy.
    (MC, 5/6/02)
1861        May 6, Arkansas and Tennessee becomes 9th & 10th state to secede from US. [see Jun 8]
    (AP, 5/6/97)(HN, 5/6/98)(MC, 5/6/02)

1861        May 7, In Australia the lost Burke party encountered some Aborigines and partook of some nardoo cakes that provided a euphoric effect.
    (ON, 12/01, p.4)

1861        May 8, Richmond, Va, was named the capital of the Confederacy.
    (MC, 5/8/02)

1861        May 10, Union troops marched on state militia in St Louis, Mo.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1861        May 13, Britain declared its neutrality in the American Civil War.
    (HN, 5/13/98)

1861        May 16, Pres. Lincoln commissioned Benjamin F. Butler, a Massachusetts politician, as a major general of volunteers in the US Army.
    (ON, 2/12, p.1)
1861        May 16, Confederate government offered war volunteers a $10 premium.
    (MC, 5/16/02)
1861        May 16, Kentucky proclaimed its neutrality. [see May 20]
    (MC, 5/16/02)

1861        May 18, Battle of Sewall's Point VA was the 1st Federal offense against South.
    (SC, 5/18/02)
1861        May 18, Friedrich Hebbel's "Kriemhildes Rache" premiered in Weimar.
    (SC, 5/18/02)

1861        May 20, Kentucky proclaimed its neutrality in Civil War. [see May 16]
    (MC, 5/20/02)
1861        May 20, North Carolina voted to secede from the Union and became the 11th and last state to do so.
    (AP, 5/20/97)(HN, 5/20/98)
1861        May 20, US marshals appropriated the previous year's telegraph dispatches, to reveal pro-secessionist evidence.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1861        May 21, The Confederate Congress, meeting in Montgomery, Ala., voted to move the capital of the Confederacy from Montgomery to Richmond, Va.
    (AP, 5/21/07)

1861        May 22, Union Major General Benjamin F. Butler took command of Fort Monroe on the southern tip of the Virginia peninsula.
    (ON, 2/12, p.1)

1861        May 23, Virginia citizens voted 3 to 1 in favor of secession, becoming the last Confederate state.
    (HN, 5/23/98)(MC, 5/23/02)
1861        May 23, Pro Union and pro Confederate forces clashed in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
    (HN, 5/23/99)

1861        May 24, General Benjamin Butler, Union commander of Fort Monroe, Va., declared slaves to be the contraband of war in order to avoid returning them to their owners under the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act.
    (ON, 2/12, p.1)(www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Butler_Benjamin_F_1818-1893)
1861        May 24, Shortly after Union troops quietly occupied Alexandria, Va., 24-year-old Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth and a handful of friends from the 11th New York Regiment impulsively entered the Marshall Hotel to forcibly remove a Confederate flag from the roof. Hotel proprietor James W. Jackson shot and mortally wounded Ellsworth as he descended the stairs, flag in hand. Jackson himself was then shot by a Union soldier. Only weeks after the outbreak of the Civil War, both the North and the South had received the first martyrs to their respective causes.
    (HN, 5/24/99)

1861        May 25, John Merryman was arrested under suspension of writ of habeas corpus. This later sparked a supreme court decision protecting the writ.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1861        May 26, Postmaster General Blair announced the end of postal connection with South.
    (MC, 5/26/02)
1861        May 26, Union blockaded New Orleans, LA., and Mobile, AL.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1861        May 29, Dorothea Dix offered to help set up hospitals for Union Army.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1861        May 30, In Australia William Wills returned to the Cooper’s Creek depot and left an updated message as to the Burke party’s plight.
    (ON, 12/01, p.5)

1861        May 31, Gen. PGT Beauregard was given command of Confederate Alexandria Line.
    (MC, 5/31/02)

1861        May, Battery "D" Fifth US Light Artillery had been stationed at West Point but was moved to Washington, D.C. and assigned to the Army of the Potomac.
    (RC handout, 5/27/96)

1861        May, The 79th Highlander Regiment was mustered into Federal service with 795 men. It suffered over 558 casualties during the war. After the regiment fought at the battle of First Bull Run, it adopted standard Federal uniforms.
    (RC handout, 5/27/96)

1861        May, The 7th Regiment of Virginia Volunteers was mustered into the young Confederacy under the command of Col. James Kemper. It was part of Pickett’s All Virginia Division. The regiment fought in 45 battles, from First Manassas until Clover Hill, Appomattox Court House in April, 1865.
    (RC handout, 5/27/96)

1861        May, The 33rd Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment formed at Harper’s Ferry as part of the Stonewall Brigade under Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. It was nicknamed "Jackson’s Foot Cavalry" for it’s long marches of 25-30 miles a day.
    (RC Handout, 5/27/96)

1861         Jun 1, The US and the Confederacy simultaneously stopped mail interchange.
    (DTnet, 6/1/97)
1861         Jun 1, The first skirmish in the Civil War was at Fairfax Court House, Arlington Mills, Va.
    (DTnet, 6/1/97)(HN, 6/1/98)
1861         Jun 1, British territorial waters & ports were put off-limits during Civil War.
    (DTnet, 6/1/97)

1861        Jun 3, In the first Civil War land battle, Union forces defeated Confederates at Philippi, in Western Virginia.
    (HN, 6/3/98)
1861        Jun 3, Stephen A Douglas, "Little Giant", senator (Lincoln Debates), died.
    (MC, 6/3/02)

1861        Jun 5, Federal marshals seized arms and gunpowder at Du Pont works in Delaware.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1861        Jun 6, Lincoln's cabinet declared Union government will pay for expenses once states have mobilized volunteers.
    (MC, 6/6/02)

1861        Jun 8, Tennessee voted to secede from the Union and joined the Confederacy. [see May 6]
    (AP, 6/8/97)(HN, 6/8/98)

1861        Jun 9, Mary Ann "Mother" Bickerdyke, Civil War hospital worker, began working in Union hospitals. "The midwife must give way to the physician. Woman, therefore, must become physician."
    (HN 6/9/98)

1861        Jun 10, Thaddeus Lowe demonstrated his balloon, the Enterprise, along with its telegraphy capabilities for Pres. Lincoln at the White House lawn.
    (ON, 2/05, p.8)
1861        Jun 10, The Virginia village of Big Bethel became the site of the 1st major land battle of the Civil War. Private Henry L. Wyatt was the 1st Confederate soldier killed in a Civil War battle. 18 Union soldiers were killed.
    (AH, 10/01, p.50)
1861        Jun 10, Dorthea Dix, known for her work with the mentally ill, was appointed superintendent of women nurses for the Union Army.
    (HN, 6/10/98)

1861        Jun 11, Union forces under General George B. McClellen repulsed a Confederate force at Rich Mountain in Western Virginia.
    (HN, 6/11/98)

1861        Jun 13, Pres. Lincoln approved a plan for the formation of the Civil War Sanitary Commission

1861        Jun 16, Battle of Vienna, VA., and Secessionville, SC (James Island).
    (MC, 6/16/02)

1861        Jun 17, President Abraham Lincoln witnessed Dr. Thaddeus Lowe demonstrate the use of a hot-air balloon.
    (HN, 6/17/98)

1861        Jun 19, Loyal Virginians, in what would soon be West Virginia, elected Francis Pierpoint as their provisional governor.
    (HN, 6/19/98)

1861        Jun 24, Federal gunboats attacked Confederate batteries at Mathias Point, Virginia.
    (HN, 6/24/98)
1861        Jun 24, Tennessee became the 11th and last state to secede from US.
    (MC, 6/24/02)

1861        Jun 25, Abdul Mejid, the 31st Ottoman sultan, died. He had dreamed of a tunnel under the Bosphorus Straits connecting Asia to Europe.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abd%C3%BClmecid_I)(Econ, 10/26/13, p.62)

1861        Jun 29, William James Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, was born.
    (HN, 6/29/98)
1861        Jun 29, Elizabeth Barrett Browning (55), writer, died.
    (MC, 6/29/02)
1861        Jun 29, Australian explorers Robert O’Hara Burke and John King left William Wills in search of Aborigines.
    (ON, 12/01, p.5)

1861        Jun 30, CSS Sumter slipped past USS Brooklyn blockade.
    (MC, 6/30/02)

1861        Jun, James D. Bulloch arrived in London to procure ships and arms for the Southern Confederacy.
    (ON, 7/01, p.6)

1861        Jul 1, The US War Department decreed that Kansas and Tennessee were to be canvassed for volunteers.
    (MC, 7/1/02)

1861        Jul 2, Australian explorer Robert O’Hara Burke died near Cooper’s Creek and John King pressed on to look for native Aborigines. King later returned to William Wills but found him dead. King continued to survive with the local Aborigines until he was rescued. In 1991 Tom Bonyhady authored "Burke and Wills: From Melbourne to Myth."
    (ON, 12/01, p.5)

1861        Jul 3, US Colonel Jackson received his CSA commission as brigadier general.
    (MC, 7/3/02)
1861        Jul 3, Pony Express arrived in SF with overland letters from NY.
    (MC, 7/3/02)

1861        Jul 4, In a special session of 27th Congress Lincoln requested 400,000 troops.
    (Maggio, 98)
1861        Jul 4, Union and Confederate forces skirmished at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
    (HN, 7/4/98)

1861        Jul 9, Confederate cavalry led by John Morgan captured Tompkinsville, Kentucky. "The Yankees will never take me a prisoner again," vowed Confederate General John Hunt Morgan.
    (HN, 7/9/98)

1861        Jul 12, Anton Stepanovich Arensky, composer, was born.
    (MC, 7/12/02)

1861        Jul 13, Battle of Corrick's Ford, VA (Carrick's Ford): Union army took total control of western Virginia.
    (MC, 7/13/02)

1861        Jul 14, Union troops tried to force a crossing at Seneca Falls on the Potomac, northwest of Washington but were repulsed by the Confederates. A company of the Louisiana Tiger Rifles helped defend the line.
    (HN, 7/14/99)
1861        Jul 14, Gen McDowell advanced toward Fairfax Courthouse, VA, with 40,000 troops.
    (MC, 7/14/02)
1861        Jul 14, Naval Engagement at Wilmington, NC. USS Daylight established a blockade.
    (MC, 7/14/02)

1861        Jul 17, At Manassas, VA, Gen Beauregard requested reinforcements for his 22,000 men and Gen Johnston was ordered to Manassas.
    (MC, 7/17/02)

1861        Jul 18, Union and Confederate troops skirmished at Blackburn’s Ford, Virginia, in a prelude to the Battle of Bull Run.
    (HN, 7/18/98)

1861        Jul 20, The Congress of the Confederate States began holding sessions in Richmond, Va.
    (AP, 7/20/97)
1861        Jul 20, The New York Tribune compared Peace Democrats to the venomous Copperhead snake, which strikes without warning. During the American Civil War, Northerners who advocated restoration of the Union through a negotiated settlement with the South was referred to as Peace Democrats.
    (HNQ, 10/9/99)
1861        Jul 20, In the first major battle of the Civil War [see June 10], Confederate forces repelled an attempt by the Union Army to turn their flank in Virginia. The battle becomes known by the Confederates as Manassas, while the Union called it Bull Run. It was fought on Judith Carter Henry’s farm.
    (HN, 7/20/98)(HNQ, 5/10/02)

1861        Jul 21, In the first major battle of the Civil War, Confederate forces repelled an attempt by the Union Army to turn their flank in Virginia. The battle became known by the Confederates as Manassas, while the Union called it Bull Run. The 33rd Virginia Infantry held Henry House Hill at the first Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Virginia, resulting in a Confederate victory. This was the spot from which Jackson took on the title of "Stonewall" and his brigade the "Stonewall Brigade." Union forces had 3,000 men killed, wounded, or missing in action while the Confederates suffered 2,000 casualties.  Bernard Bee coined the nickname associated with Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. At the Battle of First Manassas, it is General Bee who supposedly rallied his troops by calling out, "Look! There is Jackson standing like a stone wall. Rally to the Virginians!" Though there is some controversy about exactly what was said, when Bee said it, and what exactly he meant by it, the words helped create a legend. Bee couldn‘t explain further; he was mortally wounded during the battle and died the next day. Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell was in command of the Union forces at the First Battle of Bull Run (First Manassas).
    (HT, 3/97, p.48)(AP, 7/21/97)(HN, 7/21/99)(HN, 1/18/00)(HNQ, 7/30/01)(MC, 7/21/02)

1861        Jul 25, The Crittenden Resolution, calling for the American Civil War to be fought to preserve the Union and not for slavery, was passed by Congress.
    (HN, 7/25/98)

1861        Jul 27, President Abraham Lincoln replaced General Irwin McDowell with General George B. McClellen, a pro-slavery Democrat, as head of the Army of the Potomac.
    (AP, 7/27/97)(HN, 7/27/98)(ON, 12/03, p.1)
1861        Jul 27, Battle of Mathias Point, VA. Rebel forces repelled a Federal landing.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1861        Aug 1, Sally Louisa Tompkins opened Robertson Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. She ceased operating the hospital on June 13, 1865.
    (HNQ, 5/17/01)

1861        Aug 5, The US federal government levied an income tax for the first time to finance the Civil War. It was 3% of incomes over $800 effective from Jan 1. This was superseded by the Tax Act of July 14, 1862, which took effect as of January 1, 1862.
     (AP, 8/5/97)(http://tinyurl.com/brzpcg3)
1861        Aug 5, US Army abolished flogging.
    (MC, 8/5/02)

1861        Aug 10, General Nathaniel Lyon died at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri. He was the 1st Union general to die in the Civil War. The 2nd land battle of the Civil War was fought along Wilson’s Creek in southwest Missouri. The fight was considered a Confederate victory. This 1st major battle west of the Mississippi was pivotal in determining the fate of the most populous state west of the Mississippi River in the early months of the Civil War."
    (HNQ, 6/5/02)(www.civilwarhome.com/wilsonscreek.htm)(AM, 11/04, p.28)
1861        Aug 10, Friedrich Julius Stahl (b.1802), conservative German jurist and publicist, died in Bruckenau. He developed the idea that Germans are a people based on descent.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Julius_Stahl)(Econ, 2/11/06, Survey p.13)

1861        Aug 11, James Bryan Herrick, physician who first described sickle-cell anemia, was born.
    (AP, 8/11/00)

1861        Aug 12, Texas rebels were attacked by Apaches.
    (MC, 8/12/02)

1861        Aug 14, Martial Law was declared at St. Louis, Missouri.
    (MC, 8/14/02)

1861        Aug 15, Lincoln directed reinforcements to be sent to Missouri.
    (MC, 8/15/02)

1861        Aug 16, President Lincoln prohibited the states of the Union from trading with the seceding states of the Confederacy.
    (AP, 8/16/97)
1861        Aug 16, Union and Confederate forces clashed near Fredericktown and Kirkville, Missouri.
    (HN, 8/16/98)

1861        Aug 23, Rose O’Neal Greenhow was arrested by Union secret service operative Allan Pinkerton and held under house arrest for five months. She had supplied Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard with a warning that Union General Irvin McDowell was planning an attack on Manassas in July 1861. Greenhow, a 44-year-old widow with four daughters, was recruited in 1861 to be the operating head of the Confederacy’s first spy ring. A Washington socialite with many friends in high government circles, Rose was perfectly placed to gather intelligence about Federal troop strengths and movements. Rose Greenhow was finally released and sent South on June 2, 1862. She drowned in a shipwreck on September 30, 1864.
    (HNQ, 6/9/98)

1861        Aug 27, Union troops made an amphibious landing at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
    (HN, 8/27/98)
1861        Aug 27, At the Battle of Cape Hatteras, SC, Union troops took Fort Clark.
    (MC, 8/27/01)

1861        Aug 28, The Battle of Fort Hatteras, NC.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

1861        Aug 30, Union General John Fremont declared martial law throughout Missouri and made his own emancipation proclamation to free slaves in the state. However, Fremont’s order was countermanded days later by President Lincoln.
    (HN, 8/30/98)(AP, 8/30/06)

1861        Sep 20, Lexington, Missouri, was captured by Union forces.
    (MC, 9/20/01)

1861        Sep 3, Confederate forces entered Kentucky, thus ending its neutrality.
    (MC, 9/3/01)

1861        Sep 6, Union General Ulysses S. Grant’s forces captured Paducah, Kentucky from Confederate forces. A lifelong friend and trusted aide of Ulysses S. Grant, Ely Parker rose to the top in two worlds, that of his native Seneca Indian tribe and the white man’s world at large.
    (HN, 9/6/98)

1861        Sep 9, Sally Louisa Tompkins (b.1833) was commissioned as a Confederate captain of cavalry. Born into a wealthy and altruistic family in coastal Mathews County, Virginia, Tompkins was destined for a life of philanthropy. After moving to Richmond, she spent much of her time and a considerable portion of her fortune assisting causes she considered worthy. With the onset of civil war, she labored on the behalf of the South's wounded soldiers, and for this she became the first and only woman to receive an officer's commission in the Confederate army.
    (HNQ, 5/17/01)

1861        Sep 10, Confederates at Carnifex Ferry, Virginia, fell back after being attacked by Union troops. There were 170 casualties. The action was instrumental in helping preserve western Virginia for the Union.
    (HN, 9/10/98)(MC, 9/10/01)

1861        Sep 13, In the 1st naval battle of Civil War, Union frigate "Colorado" sank privateer "Judah" off Pensacola, Fla.
    (MC, 9/13/01)

1861        Sep 17, Mary Smith Peake, the daughter of a white Englishman and a free woman of color, began teaching the runaway slaves under an oak tree near Fort Monroe, Va., thus founding the first American school for freed slaves. The tree became known as the Emancipation Oak after Pres. Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was read there in 1863.
    (ON, 2/12, p.2)

1861        Sep 18, Australian explorer John King (d.1872) was found by a rescue party. A land prospector or "squatter" touring the area in 1875 met an Aboriginal woman who claimed to have witnessed Robert O’Hara Burke being shot by John King, and he detailed her story in his journal. Historian Darrell Lewis unearthed the story around 1990.
    (ON, 12/01, p.5)(AFP, 7/23/11)

1861        Sep 25, Secretary of US Navy authorized the enlistment of slaves.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1861        Sep 30, William Wrigley, Jr., founder of the Wrigley chewing gum empire and owner of the Chicago Cubs baseball team, was born.
    (HN, 9/30/98)

1861        Sep, Harry Macarthy delivered a stirring performance of "The Bonnie Blue Flag" on a New Orleans stage, causing a near riot. Born an Englishman, he became famous throughout the Confederacy as an entertainer. Macarthy was a hit, and for the rest of the war, he would do his best to keep his song and himself popular, taking his show on the road all over the South and providing diversion for thousands of civilians and soldiers. He lifted the morale of war-weary Southerners and became the most popular performer in his adopted country, the Confederate States of America.
    (HNQ, 6/14/01)

1861        Oct 4, Frederic Remington (d.1909), American Western painter and sculptor, was born.
    (AAP, 1964)(WUD, 1994, p.1213)(HN, 10/4/00)   
1861        Oct 4, The Union ship USS South Carolina captured two Confederate blockade runners outside of New Orleans, La.
    (HN, 10/4/98)

1861        Oct 6, Naval Engagement at Charleston, SC, the USS Flag vs. Britain’s Alert.
    (MC, 10/6/01)

1861        Oct 11, Battle of Dumfries, Va., at Quantico Creek.
    (MC, 10/11/01)

1861        Oct 12, The Confederate ironclad Manassas attacked the northern ship Richmond on the Mississippi River. The Manassas was the Confederacy‘s first operational ironclad. Originally a New England tugboat called the Enoch Train, the ship was refit with iron sheathing and an iron prow for ramming. The underpowered ship was used in defense of New Orleans, finally being dispatched by the Union warship Mississippi.
    (AP, 10/12/97)(HNQ, 7/12/00)

1861        Oct 15, The British steamship Fingal, purchased by James D. Bulloch for the US Southern Confederacy, ran into the Austrian brig Siccardi, which sank with her load of coal in England’s Holyhead harbor. The Fingal quickly sailed for Savannah. The Fingal was later converted to an ironclad and renamed Atlanta.
    (ON, 7/01, p.6)

1861        Oct 16, The Confederacy started selling postage stamps.
    (MC, 10/16/01)

1861        Oct 21, Battle of Ball’s Bluff, Va., was a disastrous Union defeat which sparked Congressional investigations.
    (HN, 10/21/98)

1861        Oct 22, The 1st telegraph line linking West & East coasts was completed. [see Oct 24]
    (MC, 10/22/01)

1861        Oct 23, President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus in Washington, D.C. for all military-related cases.
    (HN, 10/23/98)

1861        Oct 24, West Virginia seceded from Virginia.
    (MC, 10/24/01)
1861        Oct 24, Western Union completed the first transcontinental telegraph line. The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent as Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to President Lincoln. Telegraph lines linked the West Coast to the rest of the country and made the Pony Express obsolete late in the year.
    (SFC, 4/28/97, p.A19)(AP, 10/24/97)(HN, 10/24/98)

1861        Oct 26, The Pony Express ended after 18 months of operation. [see Apr 3, 1860]
    (SFC, 8/5/17, p.C4)

1861        Nov 1, Lieutenant General Winfield Scott, 50 year veteran and leader of the U.S. Army at the onset of the Civil War, retired. Gen. George B. McClellan was made General-in-Chief of the Union armies.
    (AP, 11/1/97)(HN, 11/1/98)

1861        Nov 6, Dr. James Naismith (d. Nov 28, 1939), Canadian physical education instructor, was born. He invented the game of basketball in 1891.
    (DTnet, 11/28/97)(HN, 11/6/99)
1861        Nov 6, Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term as president of the Confederacy.
    (AP, 11/6/97)(HN, 11/6/98)

1861        Nov 7, Union General Ulysses S. Grant launches an unsuccessful raid on Belmont, Missouri.
    (HN, 11/7/02)
1861        Nov 7, Union forces capture the Hilton Head-Beaufort-Port Royal area of Southern Carolina.
    (Smith., 4/95, p.14)(HN, 11/7/98)

1861        Nov 8, Union Captain Charles Wilkes of the sloop San Jacinto seized Confederate commissioners John Slidell and James M. Mason from the British mail ship Trent. Lincoln's response to uproar: "One war at a time." The Confederates were released. In 1977 Norman F. Ferris authored "The Trent Affair: A Diplomatic Crisis."
    (HN, 11/6/98)(ON, 1/01, p.7)(MC, 11/8/01)

1861        Nov 9, During the Civil War, soldiers of the Illinois 11th, 18th, and 29th Regiments, after forcing the Confederates south, set up camp in Bloomfield, Missouri. Upon finding the newspaper office empty, they decided to print a newspaper for their expedition, relating the troop's activities. They called it the Stars and Stripes.

1861        Nov 10, Robert T.A. Innes, astronomer (Proxima Centauri), was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
    (MC, 11/10/01)

1861        Nov 11, In China the Qing Dynasty established a new ministry of foreign affairs. It was housed in a building that had housed the Department of Iron Coins and was considered as a temporary institution.
    (WSJ, 5/16/97, p.A16)

1861        Nov 16, Vaclav Suk, composer, was born.
    (MC, 11/16/01)

1861        Nov 18, The first provisional meeting of the Confederate Congress was held in Richmond.
    (HN, 11/18/98)
1861        Nov 18, Poet and abolitionist Julia Ward Howe (inset) accompanied her husband, Dr. Samuel Howe, to Fort Griffin, Virginia, to review Union troops defending the capital. The ceremony was cut short when the Federals were forced to give chase to a nearby party of Confederates. Dr. and Mrs. Howe returned to their Washington hotel, but Mrs. Howe awoke in the early morning hours with "long lines" of a poem in her mind. She rose in darkness and wrote six stanzas of The Battle Hymn of the Republic on her husband's stationery based on chapter 63 of the Old Testament’s Book of Isaiah. In February 1862, The Atlantic Monthly printed the poem for a $5 payment. Soon troops all over the North were singing the stirring words to the popular tune of John Brown's Body, which had been composed in 1852.
    (HNPD, 11/20/98)(HNQ, 5/21/02)

1861        Nov 19, Julia Ward Howe wrote "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" while visiting Union troops near Washington. [see Nov 18]
    (HN, 11/19/00)

1861        Nov 26, West Virginia was created as a result of dispute over slavery with Virginia.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1861        Nov 28, The Confederate Congress admitted Missouri to the Confederacy, although Missouri had not yet seceded from the Union.
    (DTnet, 11/28/97)(HN, 11/28/98)

1861        Nov 30, Harper's Weekly publishes E.E. Beers' "All quiet along the Potomac."
    (MC, 11/30/01)
1861        Nov 30, The British Parliament sent to Queen Elizabeth an ultimatum for the United States, demanding the release of two Confederate diplomats who were seized on the British ship Trent.
    (HN, 11/30/98)

1861        Dec 1, The U.S. gunboat Penguin seized the Confederate blockade runner Albion carrying supplies worth almost $100,000.
    (HN, 12/1/98)

1861        Dec 3, In his first annual message Pres. Lincoln argued that "labor is prior to, and independent of capital. Capital is the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed..."
    (WSJ, 2/10/95, p.A8)(http://caps.fool.com/blogs/quotes-by-lincoln/548670)

1861        Dec 4, Lillian Russell, singer and actress, was born Helen Louise Leonard in Clinton, Iowa. She performed in burlesque and light opera, debuting in Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore in 1879. Russell was praised for her voluptuous beauty and was frequently photographed. Women everywhere tried to emulate her plump physique by buying potions and corsets to accentuate their curves. Although Russell was the ideal beauty of her time, her 186-pound figure--which she kept by eating without restraint--would be quite a departure from today's standard of beauty. Russell later wrote a newspaper column on health, beauty and love, and she died in 1922.
    (HNPD, 12/3/98)
1861        Dec 4, The Federal Senate, voting 36 to 0, expelled Senator John C. Brekenridge of Kentucky because he joined the Confederate Army.
    (HN, 12/4/98)

1861        Dec 5, In the U.S. Congress petitions and bills calling for the abolition of slavery were introduced.
    (HN, 12/5/98)
1861        Dec 6, Union General George G. Meade led a foraging expedition to Gunnell’s farm near Dranesville, Va.
    (HN, 12/6/98)

1861        Dec 7, USS Santiago de Cuba, under Commander Daniel B. Ridgely, halted the British schooner Eugenia Smith and captured J.W. Zacharie, a New Orleans merchant and Confederate purchasing agent.
    (HN, 12/7/98)

1861        Dec 8, Aristide Maillol, French painter and sculptor (Seated Woman), was born.
    (MC, 12/8/01)
1861        Dec 8, The American Bible Society announced that it would distribute 7,000 Bibles a day to Union soldiers.
    (HN, 12/8/98)
1861        Dec 8, CSS Sumter captured the whaler Eben Dodge in the Atlantic. The war began affecting the Northern whaling industry.
    (HN, 12/8/98)

1861        Dec 9, U.S. Senate approved the establishment of a committee that would become the Joint Committee on the Conduct of War.
    (HN, 12/9/98)

1861        Dec 10, Kentucky was admitted to the Confederate States of America.
    (HN, 12/10/98)

1861        Dec 11, A raging fire swept the business district of Charleston, South Carolina, adding to an already depressed economic state.
    (HN, 12/11/98)

1861        Dec 13, Battle of Alleghany Summit, WV.
    (MC, 12/13/01)

1861        Dec 14, Prince Albert of England, husband of Queen Victoria and one of the Union’s strongest advocates, died in London. The book "Uncrowned King: The Life of Prince Albert" was later written by Stanley Weintraub.
    (WUD, 1994, p.34)(WSJ, 1/26/98, p.A16)(AP, 12/14/98)(HN, 12/14/98)

1861        Dec 17, The Stonewall Brigade began to dismantle Dam No. 5 of the C&O Canal near Martinsburg, W.Va.
    (HN, 12/17/98)

1861        Dec 20, Transports were loaded with 8,000 troops in England. They were setting sail for Canada so that troops would be available if the "Trent Affair" was not settled without war.
    (HN, 12/20/98)

1861        Dec 21, Pres. Lincoln signed legislation establishing the Medal of Honor. The medal was first authorized for Sailors and Marines, and the following year for Soldiers as well.

1861        Dec 23, Lord Lyons, The British minister to America presented a formal complaint to secretary of state, William Seward, regarding the Trent affair.
    (HN, 12/23/98)

1861        Dec 24, The USS Gem of the Sea destroyed the British blockade runner Prince of Wales off the coast at Georgetown, S.C.
    (HN, 12/24/98)

1861        Dec 25, Stonewall Jackson spent Christmas with his wife; their last together.
    (HN, 12/25/98)

1861        Dec 26, Friedrich Engel, German mathematician (group theory), was born.
    (MC, 12/26/01)

1861        Dec 30, Banks in the United States suspended the practice of redeeming paper money for metal currency, a practice that would continue until 1879.
    (HN, 12/30/98)

1861        Dec, French, British and Spanish troops landed at Veracruz, Mexico, seeking to force Benito Juarez to resume his financial obligations.
    (PCh, 1992, p.485)

1861        Matthew Brady, born in upstate NY around 1823, determined to make a complete photographic record of the Civil War.

1861        William Wrigley, Jr., was born in Philadelphia. He began his business career by selling soap manufactured by his father. In 1891, Wrigley moved to Chicago where he founded and became president of Wm. Wrigley, Jr.  Company, manufacturers of chewing gum, earning him the money to acquire the Chicago Cubs and to build Wrigley‘s Stadium. Wrigley is especially noted for his effective advertising techniques.
    (AP, 4/9/00)

1861        Dante Gabriel Rossetti painted "Fair Rosamund."
    (WSJ, 2/9/00, p.W2)

1861        Sam Beeton and his wife Isabella Mayson (1840-1868) published “Beeton’s Book of Household Management." Mayson was a columnist for the Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine." Beeton had made his fortune publishing the British edition of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin." In 2005 Kathryn Hughes authored “The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs. Beeton."
    (Econ, 11/5/05, p.93)
1861        Rebecca Harding Davis authored “Life in the Iron Mills."
    (SFC, 1/10/08, p.E1)
1861        The book "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens was published.
    (SFEC, 1/25/98, DB p.43)
1861        Harriet Jacobs (1813-1897) authored “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" under the pseudonym Linda Brent. In 2004 Jean Fagan Yellin (73) authored “Harriet Jacobs: A Life."
    (SFC, 6/23/04, p.E1)
1861        Samuel F.B. Morse, inventor of the telegraph, authored a pamphlet titled: "An Argument on the Ethical Position of Slavery in the Social System."
    (WSJ, 10/28/03, p.D10)
1861        Sir Francis Turner Palgrave (1824-1897) edited “The Golden Treasury," a 4-volume anthology of the best songs and lyrical poems in the English language.
    (WSJ, 1/20/07, p.P11)(WSJ, 11/15/08, p.W10)
1861        Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), British novelist, authored his novel “Orley Farm," which told the story of an unjust will.
    (WSJ, 2/24/07, p.P10)

1861        Young’s "Scientific Secrets" was published. It is a book of recipes and formulas for furniture polish, beers, wines, and directions on interpreting flowers’ "language."
    (CM, 12/94, p.59)

1861        The US Army’s red brick bastion at Fort Point, San Francisco, was built.
    (HT, 5/97, p.63)
1861        An Octagon House was built in San Francisco at Gough and Union by William C. McElroy, a miller and his wife Harriet. In 1953 the Colonial Dames persuaded PG&E to sell it for $1 on the condition that they move it across the street to 2645 Gough.
    (SFEC, 11/3/96, DB p.33)(SFEC,11/2/97, DB p.31)(SSFC, 7/24/11, p.A2)
1861        In San Francisco the Oakdale Bar and Clam House opened at the corner of Oakland and Bayshore. It later came to be known as the Old Clam House.
    (SSFC, 2/19/12, p.A2)
1861        The Donohue House in Elk, California, was built by an Irish immigrant.
    (SFC, 9/1/96, T3)
1861        Solomon Gump founded Gump’s. In 2018 the San Francisco-based luxury retailer filed for bankruptcy.
    (SFC, 6/22/01, WBb p.9)(SSFC, 8/5/18, p.A9)
1861        The California state Legislature gave the Sisters of Mercy $5,000 to help build an asylum for women in SF. Magdalene Asylum was built on Potrero St. and by 1874 housed 150 women and girls. In 1904 it was renamed to St. Catherine's Home and Industrial School.
    (SSFC, 8/24/03, p.A27)
1861        Alcatraz Island became an official US military prison.
    (OAH, 2/05, p.A1)

1861        In his first annual message Lincoln argued that "labor is prior to, and independent of capital. Capital is the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed..."
    (WSJ, 2/10/95), p.A-8)

1861        General Winfield Scott offered Robert E. Lee, "the very best soldier I ever saw in the field," command of the Union army, but Lee declined, deciding to support the Confederacy.
    (HNPD, 8/15/99)

1861        The first Confederate flag had three stripes and a circle of 7 stars in the upper left corner. The commonly seen battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia had an 13 stars on an "X" field with 7 stars along each line of the x.
    (WSJ, 2/4/97, p.A20)

1861        Virginia seceded from the Union and moved troops to take over National Capital. Federal troops were rushed down the Chesapeake-Delaware Canal and arrived in time to stop Confederate troops from taking Washington D.C. The Wheeling Conventions declared Virginia’s secession from the Union unconstitutional and named Francis H. Pierpont governor of the Reorganized Government of Virginia, which was quickly recognized by the federal government. At the outbreak of the Civil War, representatives of Virginia’s western counties had gathered in the city of Wheeling (as the temporary capital) to form the Reorganized Government of Virginia. In 1862 a state constitution was adopted by the convention and on June 20, 1863, West Virginia was admitted as the 35th state in the Union.
    (NG, Sept. 1939, p.379)(HNQ, 6/16/99)

1861        According to Hardee’s Tactics, used extensively to instruct infantrymen in the Civil War, every officer "should, by practice, be enabled, if necessary," to perform the important function of sounding bugle calls. This knowledge, so necessary in general instruction, becomes of vital importance on actual service in the field." Lieutenant Colonel William J. Hardee published this admonition for career officers of the U.S. Army in 1861. That very year, the Civil War erupted, and huge numbers of civilians were hastily made officers. As Hardee (who ultimately became a Confederate lieutenant general) would have admitted, most of these volunteer officers knew very few of the dozens of bugle calls, and could not sound any of them. According to section 55 under "Instruction of the Battalion" in Hardee’s Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics (1862, J.O. Kane edition), "Every officer will make himself perfectly acquainted with the bugle signals; and should, by practice, be enabled, if necessary, to sound them.
    (HNQ, 9/28/01)

1861        Ardent Confederate Isabelle (Belle) Boyd became one of the Civil War's most notorious spies. When only 16, she fatally wounded a Union soldier who entered her family's home in Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia). During the next year, she regularly provided intelligence to Rebel commanders. She was arrested several times and twice served sentences in Washington, D.C., prisons. When captured aboard a Confederate blockade-runner in 1864, Belle was banished to Canada. While traveling in England to further the Southern cause, she created a sensation by marrying Sam Hardinge, a Union officer. A widow with one child by war's end, Boyd published her memoirs, returned to America and later earned a living by acting and lecturing on her wartime experiences.
    (HNPD, 1/16/99)

1861        Orion Clemens was appointed Secretary of the Territory of Nevada. He took along his young brother, Sam Clemens (Mark Twain).
    (SFEC, 9/17/00, Z1 p.2)

1861        Pres. Lincoln appointed Anson Burlingame, congressman from Mass., as ambassador to China.
    (Ind, 8/11/01, 5A)

1861        Union Major General William T. Sherman battled bitterly with the press throughout the Civil War, after 1861 news reports called the nervous, quick-tempered general "insane." Once, when told about reporters killed by shells, he exclaimed, "Good! Now we’ll have news from hell before breakfast!"
    (HNQ, 1/18/02)

1861        Leaders of Alabama’s Winston County called for a meeting of area citizens. The meeting was be held at a Double Springs tavern owned by William Bauck "Bill" Looney. The date of the meeting is controversial. Some say it was held on July 4, 1861. Others say the meeting took place in April, 1862. The second of three resolutions said: "We agree with Jackson that no state can legally get out of the Union… But if we are mistaken in this, and a state can lawfully or legally secede or withdraw, being only a part of the Union, then a county, any county, being a part of the state, by the same process of reasoning, could cease to be a part of the State. In 1987 “The Incident at Looney's Tavern" was made into a play and in 1993 it became the Alabama Musical Drama by Act no. 93-110.

1861        Leland Stanford was elected Governor of California.
    (Ind, 6/2/01, 5A)
1861        The College of California was founded in Oakland.
    (SFEC, 2/9/97, p.W4)
1861        Col. Agoston Haraszthy, a Hungarian immigrant to the US who settled in Sonoma, California, was asked by Calif. Governor John Downey to go to Europe and to find sample cuttings of the best European varieties of grapes. Haraszthy’s methodology, personality and perseverance earned him the name of Father of California Wines.
    (WCG, p.58)
1861        Samuel A. Bishop brought the first herd of 600 cattle to Owens Valley in mid-east California.
    (SFEC, 9/29/96, T7)
1861        The Central Pacific Railroad was founded by Sacramento merchants Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins and Collis P. Huntington.
    (SFC, 4/18/98, p.A1)

1861        Chicago Mayor John Wentworth fired all the 60 policemen, 3 sergeants and 1 captain as his last official act. For 12 hours the city was without police as the Board of Commissioners worked to replace them.
    (SFC, 3/20/99, p.B4)

1861        James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States, retired to Wheatland, his Pennsylvania home.
    (HNQ, 4/15/01)

1861        Camels were brought to Virginia City, Nevada to carry supplies and salt for miners at the Comstock Lode.
    (SFEC, 8/25/96, DB p.67)

1861        Henry Morton founded the Paris Manufacturing Co. in South Paris, Maine. The company made various toys and then desks from the late 1800s. In 1978 it became Paricon Inc.
    (SFC, 1/23/08, p.G5)

1861        In Philadelphia John Wanamaker (1838-1922) and Nathan Brown (d.1868) purchased a 6-story men’s clothing store called McNeill’s Folly and renamed it the Oak Hall Clothing Bazaar.
    (ON, 12/05, p.4)
1861        John Wallace Cowden founded the Cowden pottery in Harrisburg, Pa. It became Cowden & Son from 1888-1904.
    (SFC, 3/29/06, p.G6)

1861        American cotton exports reached 4 million bales a year.
    (Econ, 12/20/03, p.46)

1861         At the outbreak of the American Civil War, the Northern population was approximately 22 million, while the total Southern population was about 9 million. Of the total population of 9 million in the 11 seceded states, 3.5 million were black slaves. The 22 million in the 23 Northern and border states were augmented during the war by heavy foreign immigration.
    (HNQ, 8/8/98)

1861         In Albania the first school known to use Albanian language in modern times was opened in Shkodra.
    (www, Albania, 1998)

1861        Britain passed a law for drivers of horse-drawn carriages with a maximum penalty of two years for wanton and furious driving.
    (AFP, 9/18/17)
1861        Britain passed a law against soliciting for murder.
    (Econ, 2/18/06, p.53)
1861        Britain introduced the Single Bottle Act allowing grocers to sell wine by the bottle.
    (Econ, 12/19/09, p.132)
1861        The British firm Butterfield & Swire began trading in Hong Kong and China.
    (Econ, 6/30/07, SR p.13)
1861        Henry Gray (b.1827), English anatomist and surgeon, died of smallpox. He had authored the textbook “Gray’s Anatomy" (1858).
    (Econ, 11/15/08, p.100)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Gray)

1861        Shanghai came under attack from the Taiping rebellion (1851-1864, led by the self-proclaimed younger brother of Jesus Christ. To help pay for their defense, China’s provincial governments borrowed money from foreign investors. As collateral they offered claims on Shanghai’s customs revenues.
    (Econ, 11/19/11, p.78)
1861        Ch'ing Emperor Hsien Feng died in exile and his widow Orchid (26) became China's Empress Dowager.
    (SSFC, 2/1/04, p.M6)

1861        Pierre-Auguste Renoir, impressionist painter, entered the Ecole des Beaux Arts and studied with Charles Gleyre.
    (DPCP 1984)
1861        Germain Sommeiller (d.1871), French engineer, began work on the Mount Cenis Tunnel (Frejus Tunnel) between France and Italy, using his newly developed pneumatic drills. Work proceeded from opposite ends and connected on Dec 26, 1870.
    (ON, 2/03, p.8)
1861        Felix Nadar invented a battery operated flash lamp and began exploring the sewers and catacombs of Paris.
    (Econ, 12/8/12, IL p.15)
1861        Protestant banker Edouard Andre (d.1894) married Catholic painter Nelie Jacquemart and caused a minor scandal.
    (SFEC, 3/26/00, p.T12)

1861        Germany abolished a number of discriminatory laws including the Matrikel law, which allowed only the oldest son in a Jewish family to marry.
    (SFC, 3/19/17, p.C1)
1861        The first Archaeopteryx fossil was found in Germany in mid-Jurassic rocks dating to about 155-150 million BC. The very rare remains of the first bird, Archaeopteryx, was about the size of a dove, had a long, reptile-like tail but with real feathers, not scales, and it possessed teeth in its beak.
    (Econ, 11/10/07, p.101)(SFC, 7/28/11, p.A8)

1861        In Greenland the first Eskimo newspaper began.
    (WSJ, 4/10/00, p.A44)

1861        In Bombay, India, the Magen David synagogue was erected at the sole expense of David Sasson Esq.
    (WSJ, 9/17/98, p.A20)
1861        British colonial rulers framed an anti-homosexuality law for India.
    (Reuters, 7/7/06)
1861        In India the Murree Brewery Co. Ltd. was founded by British colonialists. It became a listed company in 1902. In 1947 it came under the control of Pakistan.
    (SFC, 7/10/00, p.A8)(Econ, 4/21/12, p.58)

1861        The Risorgimento movement resulted in Italian unification. The Carbonari was a secret society in early 19th century Italy who advocated liberal and patriotic ideas and opposed the conservative regimes imposed on Italy by the Allies who had defeated Napoleon in 1815. As with other secret societies of the age, the Carbonari had an initiation ceremony, complex symbols and a hierarchical organization though its exact origins are left to conjecture. They recruited primarily among nobility, small landowners and officeholders and may have been an offshoot of the Freemasons. Their influence is credited with preparing the way for the Risorgimento movement.
    (HNQ, 8/21/00)

1861        Radama II (1829-1863), the son of Queen Ranavalona I, succeeded her to rule Madagascar.

1861        Benito Juarez became the president of Mexico. Napoleon III persuaded Archduke Maximilian of Austria to take the throne of Mexico.
    (SCal, May 1995)

1861        In Russia Dmitri Ivanovich Mendelyev, chemist, determined that the maximum solubility of alcohol in water occurs at a ratio of 40% to 60%. This became the ideal mixture for sipping vodka for Russians.
    (WSJ, 2/2/98, p.A23)

1861        Thailand's King Mongkut offered to send a pair of elephants to the United States as a gift of the friendship between the two countries. President Abraham Lincoln politely declined.
    (AP, 3/24/18)

1861        The L’Osservatore Romano newspaper was founded as the mouthpiece for the Vatican.
    (WSJ, 10/13/08, p.A16)

1861-1865    In 1860, Lincoln became the first president elected from the new Republican Party. Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865. In 1996 a new biography of Abraham Lincoln by David Donald was published.
    (HN, 2/12/98)(AP, 2/12/98)(AHD, 1971, p.759)(WSJ, 2/10/95, p.A-8)(SFC, 9/1/96, Par. p.12)(HNPD, 2/12/99)(SFC, 4/30/99, p.E9)
1861-1865    The American Civil War. In 1996 "A Short History of the Civil War" by James L. Stokesbury, Canadian professor, was published. 185,000 black soldiers served in the Colored Troops. In 1997 James M. McPherson published "For Cause and Comrades," a collection of letters by the men who fought in the war.
    (SFC, 9/1/96, Par. p.12)(SFC, 9/11/96, p.C1)
1861-1865    During the American Civil War, Confederate prisoners who were pressed into service by the Union to fight against Indians on the Western frontier were referred to as "Galvanized Yankees.
    (HNQ, 8/11/98)
1861-1865    The U.S. Military Railroads` Construction Corps under Herman Haupt performed spectacular engineering feats during the American Civil War.
    (HNQ, 8/30/01)
1861-1865    The American Civil War left over 600,000 people dead.
    (WSJ, 5/7/99, p.A1)
c1861-1865    Walt Whitman went to Virginia during the Civil War to nurse his brother George, who had been wounded in battle. Afterward, Whitman volunteered in army hospitals in Washington.
    (HN, 9/5/00)
1861-1865    The Napoleon 12-pounder gun howitzer was the most popular smoothbore artillery piece employed in the American Civil War (there was also a 6-pounder Napoleon that was less widely used). The muzzle-loaded artillery piece—named for French emperor Louis Napoleon (Napoleon III)--was adopted by the U.S. Army shortly before the Civil War. Confederates captured a great many Federal pieces, but also copied the design to manufacture themselves. The cannon fired a variety of ammunition and had a maximum effective range of between 800 and 1,000 yards.
    (HNQ, 12/15/00)

1861-1865    The National Museum of Health and Medicine (NHMH) was founded in Washington DC to advance medical care during the Civil War.
    (SFEC, 6/29/97, p.T10)
1861-1865    In 2001 Russell F. Weigley won the Lincoln Prize for his book: "A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History."
    (WSJ, 2/15/00, p.A16)
1861-1865    Major Gen’l. Dan Butterfield wrote "Taps" during the Civil War and created the first military shoulder patches.
    (SFC,12/27/97, p.C3)

1861-1865    The mid-downtown park, donated to San Francisco by Mayor John Geary, became the site of rallies on behalf of the Union that gave the park its name. Many of the rallies were led by Unitarian minister Thomas Starr King. The block was renamed Union Square to commemorate the rallies.
    (SFEC, 3/15/98, p.W27)(SSFC, 7/21/02, p.F2)

1861-1865    Turin was the capital of Italy.
    (WSJ, 8/18/99, p.A17)

1861-1869    William Henry Seward was the American Sec. of State during these years
    (HFA, ‘96, p.30)(AHD, p.1187)

1861-1871    In 2007 Michael Knox Beran authored “Forge of Empires: 1861-1871: Three Revolutionary Statesmen and the World They Made," a work of comparative history in which he focuses on the US, Russia and the unifying German states during the 1860s.
    (WSJ, 12/6/07, p.D7)

1861-1876    Abdul Aziz succeeded Abdul Meçid in the Ottoman House of Osman.
    (Ot, 1993, xvii)

1861-1880    Rob Cox tells the story of William Mumler and other photographers of the dead and living dead in his article The Transportation of American Spirits: Gender, Spirit Photography and American Culture, 1861-1880 in Ephemera Journal 7, 1995.
    (MT, 10/95, p.10-11)

1861-1920    Louise Imogen Guiney, American poet and essayist: "Quotations (such as have point and lack triteness) from the great old authors are an act of filial reverence on the part of the quoter, and a blessing to a public grown superficial and external."
    (AP, 7/9/98)

1861-1925    Rudolf Steiner was a theosophist who saw himself as a bridge between the scientific and spiritual traditions.
    (SFC,12/18/97, p.E1)

1861-1941    Sir Rabindranath Tagore, Indian Nobel Prize-winning poet: "Each child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man."
    (AP, 10/26/00)

1861-1950    Minna Antrim, American writer: "A fool bolts pleasure, then complains of moral indigestion."
    (AP, 5/12/99)

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