What Happened in 1847

  • Elizabeth Blackwell is accepted to Geneva College

    She attended Geneva College in New York. She was accepted there — anecdotally, because the faculty put it to a student vote, and the students... Read more

  • 'Wuthering Heights' is Published

    It is not simply in contrast to its origins that Wuthering Heights strikes us as so unique, so unanticipated. This great novel, though not... Read more

  • Battle Of Rio San Gabriel Begins

    The Battle of Rio San Gabriel was a decisive action of the California campaign of the Mexican-American War and occurred at the sites of present-day... Read more

  • Battle Of La Mesa Begins

    Kearny's command was bloodied and in poor condition but pushed on until they had to establish a defensive position on "Mule" Hill near present-day... Read more

  • Treaty Of Cahuenga Is Signed

    Kearny's command was bloodied and in poor condition but pushed on until they had to establish a defensive position on "Mule" Hill near present-day... Read more

  • Battle Of Canada

    The Battle of Cañada was part of the Taos Revolt, a popular insurrection against the United States by Mexicans. It took place on January 24, 1847,... Read more

  • First Battle Of Mora

    After a failed attack by American Forces led by Israel Hendley on January 24, on February 1 another expedition armed with cannon succeeded in... Read more

  • Battle Of Embudo Pass

    The Battle of Embudo Pass was part of the Taos Revolt, a popular insurrection against the United States. It took place on January 29, 1847, during... Read more

  • Virginia Clemm Poe Dies

    On January 29, 1847, Poe wrote to Marie Louise Shew: "My poor Virginia still lives, although failing fast and now suffering much pain."Virginia... Read more

  • Second Battle Of Mora

    On February 1, approximately 200 U.S. troops led by Captain Jesse I. Morin returned to Mora armed with two howitzers. Most of the insurgents fled... Read more

  • Siege Of Pueblo De Taos

    The Siege of Pueblo de Taos was the final battle of the Taos Revolt, a popular insurrection against the United States during the Mexican-American... Read more

  • Thomas Edison is Born

    Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in the canal town of Milan, Ohio, the last of seven children. His mother, Nancy, had been a school... Read more

  • Santa Anna Marches North To Fight Taylor

    Eventually, these actions drove and trapped Ampudia's men into the city's central plaza, where howitzer shelling forced Ampudia to negotiate.... Read more

  • Battle of Buena Vista

    United States General Zachary Taylor was victorious over Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna in the Battle of Buena Vista on February 23,... Read more

  • Battle Of The Sacramento

    The Battle of the Sacramento took place on February 28, 1847 during the Mexican-American War. About 25 miles north of Chihuahua at the river... Read more

  • Alexander Graham Bell is Born

    Alexander Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 3, 1847. The family home was at 16 South Charlotte Street, and now has a commemorative... Read more

  • Siege of Veracruz

    The Battle of Veracruz was a 20-day siege of the key Mexican seaport of Veracruz, during the Mexican-American War. Lasting from March 9 to March... Read more

  • Battle Of Tuxpan

    The Battle of Tuxpan was a battle fought during the Mexican-American War. After the fall of Veracruz, Commodore Matthew C. Perry, commander of... Read more

  • Battle of Cerro Gordo - Lee Earns Rank of Brevet Major

    The Battle of Cerro Gordo or Sierra Gordo[1] in the Mexican-American War saw Winfield Scott's US troops flank and drive Santa Anna's larger Mexican... Read more

  • Battle Of Cerro Gordo

    The Battle of Cerro Gordo or Sierra Gordo in the Mexican-American War saw Winfield Scott's US troops flank and drive Santa Anna's larger Mexican... Read more

  • Second Battle Of Tabasco

    The Second Battle of Tabasco, also known as the Battle of Villahermosa, was a battle fought in June 1847 during the Mexican-American War as part of... Read more

  • The U. S. Post Office First Issues The Postage Stamp

    On July 1, 1847, the United States Post Office issued its first general issue postage stamp, a five-cent stamp honoring Benjamin Franklin, the... Read more

  • Bringham Young Arrives at Salt Lake City, Utah

    Salt Lake City was founded on July 24, 1847, by a group of Mormon pioneers. (Mormons are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day... Read more

  • Battle of Contreras

    The Battle of Contreras, also known as the Battle of Padierna, took place during the August 19–20, 1847, in the final encounters of the... Read more

  • Battle Of Churubusco

    The Battles of Churubusco took place on August 20, 1847, in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Contreras (Padierna) during the... Read more

  • Jesse James Is Born

    The infamous Jesse James was born on September 5, 1847. At seventeen, James left his native Missouri to fight as a Confederate guerilla in the... Read more

  • Battle Of Molino Del Ray

    The Battle of Molino del Rey was one of the bloodiest engagements of the Mexican-American War. On September 6, 1847, as the armistice and... Read more

  • Battle For Mexico City

    The Battle for Mexico City refers to the series of engagements from September 8 to September 15, 1847, in the general vicinity of Mexico City... Read more

  • Battle of Chapultepec

    The Battle of Chapultepec (September 1847) was a U.S. victory over Mexican forces holding Chapultepec Castle west of Mexico City during the... Read more

  • Siege Of Puebla

    The Siege of Puebla began the same day Mexico City fell to Winfield Scott and lasted for 28 days when a relief force was able to fight its way into... Read more

  • Fall Of Mexico City

    The Battle for Mexico City refers to the series of engagements from September 8 to September 15, 1847, in the general vicinity of Mexico City... Read more

  • George Perkins Marsh Delivers A Speech To The Agricultural Society

    On September 30, 1847, Congressman George Perkins Marsh delivered a speech on agricultural conditions in New England to the Agricultural Society of... Read more

  • Battle Of Huamantla

    The Battle of Huamantla was a U.S. victory late in the Mexican-American War that forced the Mexican Army to lift the Siege of Puebla. The same... Read more

  • 'Jane Eyre' is Published

    Jane Eyre is a wildly emotional romance, with a lonely heroine and a tormented Byronic hero, pathetic orphans, dark secrets, and a mad-woman in the... Read more

  • Fire Aboard the Steamship Phoenix

    This terrible accident occurred about four o'clock on the morning of the 21st of November, 1847, on Lake Michigan, within seventeen miles of... Read more

  • Douglass Establishes Abolitionist Paper - The North Star

    He used his oratorical skills in the ensuing years to lecture in the northern states against slavery. He also helped slaves escape to the North... Read more

  • Jefferson Davis Appointed to U.S. Senate

    Because of his war service, the governor of Mississippi appointed Davis to fill out the Senate term of the late Jesse Speight. He took his seat... Read more

  • John Peter Altgeld Is Born

    Turn-of-the-century progressive reformer John Peter Altgeld was born in Germany on December 30, 1847. Despite his humble origins as the son of... Read more