Philadelphia Timeline, 1861
- January 3. Meeting of citizens at Board of Trade rooms, to take action concerning the peril of the Union.
- January 7. Destructive fire, Maule & Bros., lumber-yard, Twenty-third and South Streets.
- February 10. Ship John Trucks cut through by ice and sunk at Arch Street Wharf, Delaware River.
- April. War excitement.
- April 23. Whale caught in the Delaware opposite the city.
- May 8. First Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers march South.
- July 4. Grand parade of Gray Reserves and Home Guards.
- September 4. Seizure of property belonging to rebels.
- September 10. Ferry boat Curlew with 142 head of cattle aboard, sunk in the Delaware. Most of the cattle escaped.
- September 14. Fire in Continental Theatre, Walnut Street above Eighth. Fourteen ballet girls burned, nine whom died.
- October 19. Boiler explosion at I. P. Morris' machine works, Richmond. Two men killed.
- October 30. Fire. Cotton and woolen mills, Twelfth Street and Washington Avenue. Loss $100,000.
- November 5. Explosion at Bridesburg Arsenal. Two men killed.
Excerpted from "Happenings in ye Olde Philadelphia 1680-1900" by Rudolph J. Walther, 1925, Walther Printing House, Philadelphia, PA