The ironclad Monitor is lost in a hurricane off Capt Hatteras, South Carolina.
The Battle of New Haven takes place. Confederate forces withdraw after a short skirmish.
Slave quarters on a plantation, possibly in Beaufort, South Carolina. The photograph is by Mathew Brady and has a copyright date of 1862.
A Cute Trick by the Rebels.
An army correspondent gives an account of how one of our trains, consisting of twenty-six new army wagons, fully loaded, and three sutlers’ wagons, were captured by a squad of Stuart’s Cavalry at Occoquan Creek:—Stuart crossed the Rappahannock at Ellis’ Ford, and took almost a direct route, it is supposed, on a cross-road, toward Dumfries. At an out-of-the-way place, twelve or fifteen miles from the village, he halted and sent forward a small squad of blue-coated soldiers to scout on the road between Dumfries and the village of Occoquan. At the latter place they espied the train, and resolved to capture it by diplomacy rather than the exercise of force, for the most excellent reason that their party was quite small, while, on the other hand, there were about fifteen hundred Union troops, including Rush’s Lancers, within sight. So the leader of the rebel reconnoitering party rode up to the officer in charge of the train, and said he had been sent to conduct it to camp, and directed the train to follow him. The order was obeyed, and, from directly under the noses of the troops, the train was led in a southwesterly direction, until the Brontsville and and Dumfries road was reached. Here the commander of the train began to surmise that something was wrong, when the rebel Lieutenant directed him to cross the main road, and take a cross-road to the left, still pursuing a southwesterly direction. An objection was made; he doubted the propriety of continuing in that direction, whereupon the rebel officer put a period to all cavilling, by saying: “Sir, General Stuart desires you to go that way!” The hint was sufficient, and the train, master and guard moved on in the direction indicated. This is a story told by another of the party, and who was quite indignant at the deception practiced.
The main day of fighting at the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou takes place. It is a Confederate victory as Union forces under Major General William T. Sherman are repulsed with heavy losses.
Union forces capture Van Buren, Arkansas.
The Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument, located in the heart of the city, is one of the finest pieces of colossal sculpture in the United States. Built 1887–1901. It is 284 feet high and is the second tallest monument in the United States, exceeded only by the Washington Monument at Washington, D.C.
Confederate General J. E. B. Stuart leads 3,500 cavalry across the Rappahannock on a raiding expedition, and defeats a small number of Pennsylvania cavalry at Occoquan.
Thirty-eight Dakota warriors are executed in Mankato, Minnesota for their role in the Dakota uprising in the summer. This is the largest one-day execution in U.S. history.