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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1862

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Literary
Historical
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Rebecca Harding Davis
   Margaret Howth

Emily Dickinson (c. 1962)
   [A Bird came down the Walk]**
   [After great pain, a formal feeling comes]**
   [Dare you see a Soul at the White Heat?]**
   [Empty my Heart, of Thee]**
   [God is a distantstately Lover]**
   [Her sweet Weight on my Heart a Night]**
   [I cannot live with You]** audio file audio file
   [I dwell in Possibility]**
   [I had been hurgry, all the Years]**
   [I heard a Fly buzzwhen I died]**
   [I know that He exists.]**
   [I reason, Earth is short]**
   [I reckonwhen I count at all]**
   [I send Two Sunsets]**
   [I showed her Heights she never saw]**
   [I started EarlyTook my Dog]**
   [I tie my HatI crease my Shawl]**
   [Much Madness is divinest Sense]**
   [Of all the Souls that stand create]**
   [One Crucifixion is recordedonly]**
   [Ourselves were wed one summerdear]**
   [The Brainis wider than the Sky]**
   [The Soul selects her own Society]**
   [The soul's Superior instants]**
   [They shut me up in Prose]**
   [This is my letter to the World]**
   [This was a PoetIt is That]**
   [This World is not Conclusion]**
   [Title divineis mine!]**
   [What SoftCherubic Creatures]**
   [Your Richestaught mePoverty.]**
   Letter To T.W. Higginson**

Nathaniel Hawthorne
   from Abraham Lincoln (March - April 1862)

Songs of White Communities
   The Battle Hymn of the Republic(Julia Ward Howe)** audio file

Elizabeth Stoddard
   The Morgesons

Harriet Beecher Stowe
   The Pearl of Orr's Island

Henry David Thoreau
   Walking**

John Greenleaf Whittier
   At Port Royal**

Related Literary Events
Edith Wharton was born.

Henry David Thoreau died.
Legal Tender Act (February).

Morrill Land Grant Act (July).

Battle of Fredericksburg (December).

Second Confiscation Act (July).

Seven Days’ Battles (June–July).

David G. Farragut captures New Orleans (April).

George B. McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign (March–July).

Congress decrees that blacks be allowed to serve in the Union Army.

Congress bans slavery in all U.S. territories and District of Columbia.

Confederate Congress passes the Conscription Act (April).

African American seaman Robert Smalls turns Confederate ship over to Union.

A monthly "police tax" of $2.50 imposed on every Chinese in California.

Six Chinese American district associations form a coalition in San Francisco.

First Jewish chaplain appointed in U.S. Army.

Homestead Act grants ownership after five years to settlers who occupy and farm up to 160 acres.

Battle of the Monitor and the Merrimac signals end of the era of wooden ships.

Pacific Railroad Act (July).

Union forces win Battle of Shiloh, with heavy losses on both sides (April).

Confederate troops win Second Battle of Bull Run, pushing northern army back to Washington (August).

Union wins Battle of Antietam; bloodiest day in U.S. military history (September).

Emancipation Proclamation published in northern newspapers (September 23).

Emily Dickinson sends four poems to Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

A report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture describes the average farm woman as a "laboring drudge" who works harder than any other farm worker, including her husband.

image file  Mathew Brady exhibits Civil War battlefield photographs.
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