American Civil War
Timeline 1862


Western Theater - click to enlarge Map


Eastern Theater - click to enlarge Map


  1862
The Homestead Act is passed, entitling any citizen or person who intends to acquire citizenship, who is twenty-one years or older and the head of a household, to acquire 160 acres of land in the public domain by settling on them for five years and paying a small fee. The law takes effect January 1, 1863. General Lee's invasion of the North is halted by General McClellan at the Battle of Antietam in Maryland. In the bloodiest single day of the Civil War, Union casualties are 2,108 killed and 9,549 wounded; Confederate casualties are 2,700 killed and 9,029 wounded.
 

January 1862The Cause and Object of the War - Original Work

January 1862 -- Abraham Lincoln Takes Action. On January 27, President Lincoln issued a war order authorizing the Union to launch a unified aggressive action against the Confederacy. General McClellan ignored the order.

January 3, 1862 Cockpit Point / Freestone Point
January 5-6, 1862 Hancock / Romney Campaign
January 8, 1862 Roan's Tan Yard / Silver Creek
January 10, 1862 Middle Creek
January 19, 1862 Mill Springs / Logan's Cross-Roads / Fishing Creek


February 1862 Grant Breaks the Kentucky Line - Original Work

February 6, 1862 Fort Henry
February 7-8, 1862 Roanoke Island / Fort Huger
February 11-16, 1862 Fort Donelson
February 20-21, 1862 Valverde
Ref:  Forts Henry and Donelson: The Key to the Confederate Heartland
Ref:  Duel on the Roanoke - The True Story of the CSS Albemarle
Ref:  Struggle for the Heartland: The Campaigns from Fort Henry to Corinth
Ref:  The Civil War in the Western Territories: Arizona, New Mexico

February 25: Nashville is first Confederate state capital to fall to Union forces Ref  Nashville: The Western Confederacy's Final Gamble

February 28-April 8, 1862 New Madrid


Spring 1862 Union Offensive

Joe Ryan's Civil War Battle Walks: The Union Invasion of Virginia 1862  (1 of 3)

Union invasion of Virginia Part 2
Union invasion of Virginia Part 3



March 1862Congress Plans Freedom for the Slaves - Original Work
March 1862 -- General McClellan Loses Command.
On March 8, President Lincoln -- impatient with General McClellan's inactivity -- issued an order reorganizing the Army of Virginia and relieving McClellan of supreme command. McClellan was given command of the Army of the Potomac, and ordered to attack Richmond. This marked the beginning of the Peninsula Campaign.

Peninsula Campaign Details and Seven Days Battle Map

The Civil War Papers Of George B. Mcclellan: Selected Correspondence, 1860-1865
General-in-chief of the entire Union army at one point, he led the Army of the Potomac through the disaster at Antietam Creek, was subsequently dismissed by Lincoln, and then ran against him in the 1864 presidential campaign.

George B. McClellan In the Shadow of Grant and Sherman
The complex general who, though gifted with administrative and organizational skills, was unable and unwilling to fight with the splendid army he had created.

March 6-8-- CSA Major General Earl Van Dorn set out to outflank the Union position near Pea Ridge, Arkansas on the night of March 6, dividing his army into two columns. Learning of Van Dorn's approach, the Federals marched north to meet his advance on March 7. This movement

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