What Happened in 1852

  • Wreck of HMS Birkenhead

    In December of 1851, the Birkenhead sailed from Cork in Ireland, under the command of Captain Robert Salmond. She left Simon's Town on the... Read more

  • Charles Dickens publishes Bleak House

    Bleak House is the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, published in twenty monthly installments between March 1852 and September 1853. It is held to be... Read more

  • Henry Clay Dies

    On June 29, 1852, statesman Henry Clay, known as "the Great Compromiser" for his feats of legislative reconciliation between the North and the... Read more

  • Lee Becomes Superintendent of West Point

    In September 1852, Lee became the superintendent of West Point. During his three years at West Point, Brevet Colonel Robert E. Lee improved the... Read more