What Happened in 1847

  • 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