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The Civil War Month by Month: Sep 1862

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Civil War 150th anniversary

The Civil War 150th Anniversary

Interesting facts, links, and suggested books for each month of the Civil War.

September 1862

This Month's Events


  • 2 September. Writing to his wife as the Confederates led by Lee and Jackson continue days of attacks, General Dorsey Pender of North Carolina comments on Jackson. "Lee has immortalized himself and Jackson added new laurels to his brow -- not that I like to be under Jackson, for he forgets that one ever gets tired, hungry, or sleepy."

  • 8 September. Zebulon B. Vance becomes governor of North Carolina.

  • 8 September. Captain William G. Morris, of the "Gaston Blues", 37th N. C., writes home to his family in Dallas from Maryland describing the troops living conditions and naming local men who have been killed. See The Civil War in North Carolina right.

  • 13 September. McClellan sends a telegram to Lincoln: "I have all the plans of the rebels." How can he be so sure? A soldier from the 27th Indiana has found 3 cigars wrapped in a paper lying on a field where a Confederate officer has dropped them. The paper is a copy of Lee's orders meant for Daniel Harvey Hill.

  • 15 September. General Stonewall Jackson captures the Union Arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Virginia (famous as the site of John Brown's raid), but it is reoccupied by the Union a week later.

  • 17 September. Today's battle at Antietam (aka Sharpsburg), Maryland is a Union victory, but the cost on both sides is immense.
    Among the casualties is Pennsylvania drummer boy Charley King, age 13, believed to be the youngest soldier on either side to die from combat wounds.
    Arriving at the battlefield of Antietam during this bloodiest day in American history, a young woman brings a wagonload of supplies for treating the wounded and offers her services as a volunteer. At one point, as she raises a soldier's head to give him a drink of water, a bullet goes through her dress and kills the soldier. Two days after the battle she collapses from lack of sleep and typhoid fever. Her name is Clara Barton.

  • 19 September. Another visitor to the battlefield arrives today. Alexander Gardner is a photographer working for Matthew Brady and he takes 70 pictures of the unburied dead -- the first such pictures taken on an American battlefield.

  • 22 September. Lincoln issues a limited "emancipation proclamation", declaring that slaves in any area still in rebellion on January 1, 1863 will be declared free.

  • 29 September. Jefferson Davis shoots Union General William Nelson in the lobby of a hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. No, not that Jefferson Davis! This is a Union general named Jefferson Davis. Davis is never punished for quarreling with and killing his ex-commanding officer and soon will be back on duty. He will survive the war and remain an Army officer.

  • This month in England, Raphael Semmes takes command of the CSS Alabama and begins her 2 year cruise during which she will take 69 prizes.
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