Around midnight, a total eclipse of the Moon is visible across much of the United States
Around midnight, a total eclipse of the Moon, the second of two during the year, was visible over much of the North American continent, including the United States Pacific states and territories. In San Francisco, the eclipse was completed by eleven o'clock on December 5, 1862. (By John Osborne)
William H. Knight, ed., Bancroft's Handbook Almanac for the Pacific States: An Official Register and Year-Book of Facts for 1862 (San Francisco, CA: H.H. Bancroft and Co., 1862), 5.