New Year's Resolution: Learn More about Civil War 1862
Expand Your Knowledge this Sesquicentennial
2012 will mark the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War's second year: 1862. That year ushered in the bloodiest fighting America had ever seen. As compared to the fighting of 1861, battles like Shiloh, Gaines' Mill, Second Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Stones River shattered thoughts of a short war with modest sacrifices. 1862 also saw the rise of new central figures on both sides. Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, and George McClellan all rose to national and international attention in 1862. To expand your knowledge of the American Civil War why not make a resolution to learn more about this pivotal year? Check out our list below for a range of 1862 subjects and topics to pursue in this coming year.
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The Civil War in the Far West
Confederate and Federal forces fight for control of the western territories
The Battle of Shiloh
Jackson's 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign
The First Ironclad vs. Ironclad Naval Battle
The Peninsula and Seven Day's Battles
McClellan's great invasion is turned back at the outskirts of Richmond by a new dynamic Confederate leader - Robert E. Lee.
Recommended Books on the Peninsula and Seven Days
Williamsburg: Williamsburg Page
Yorktown: Yorktown Page
Seven Pines: Seven Pines Page
Beaver Dam Creek: Beaver Dam Creek Page
Gaines' Mill: Gaines' Mill Page
Glendale: Glendale Page
Malvern Hill: Malvern Hill Page
- Military Ballooning During the Seven Day's Battles
- Photography During the Peninsula and Seven Days
- Civil War Trust's Efforts to Save 285 Acres of the Gaines' Mill Battlefield
Robert E. Lee's Northern Virginia Campaign
Lee and Jackson move north and gain victories at Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas, and Chantilly.
Cedar Mountain: Recommended Book | Cedar Mountain Page
Second Manassas: Recommended Books | Second Manassas Page | Historian Videos | Quiz
Chantilly: Recommended Book | Chantilly Page | Chantilly Animated Map
The 1862 Maryland Campaign
Lee's Confederates cross the Potomac and engage in a dynamic campaign that almost ends in disaster at Antietam for the Army of Northern Virginia.
South Mountain: Recommended Books | South Mountain Page
Harpers Ferry: Recommended Books | Harpers Ferry Page
Antietam: Recommended Books | Antietam Page
Shepherdstown: Recommended Book | Shepherdstown Page
Bragg's 1862 Kentucky Campaign
Confederate forces push into Kentucky in a failed attempt to secure the Bluegrass State for the Confederacy
Recommended Book on the 1862 Kentucky Campaign
The Battle of Fredericksburg
- Learn more about the Trust's efforts to preserve the Slaughter Pen Farm at Fredericksburg
- Download our Fredericksburg Battle App to your iPhone or iPad