Philadelphia Timeline, 1862
- March 29. Explosion at cartridge factory of Prof. Jackson, Tenth Street near Moyamensing Avenue. Houses in vicinity shattered, seventeen persons died from injuries.
- April 20. Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, Logan Square, opened.
- June 17. City Councils pass an ordinance appropriating $310,000 for purchase of League Island, to be presented to the United States as a naval station for construction of ironclads.
- July 17. Gold eighteen and a half percent. Premium. Silver thirteen per cent. Great scarcity of specie and small change.
- July 19. Postage stamps and car tickets put in circulation for small change.
- September 5. Funeral of Col. John A. Koltes.
- September 8. Independence Square made a recruiting camp.
- September 12. Tremendous rains. Cohocksink Creek overflows. Several lives lost. Great damage in upper part of city.
- October 16. Gold at thirty-seven per cent. Premium.
- October 18. Destructive fire at Ninth and Market Streets.
Excerpted from "Happenings in ye Olde Philadelphia 1680-1900" by Rudolph J. Walther, 1925, Walther Printing House, Philadelphia, PA