On this day in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag
February 5, 1861 - "Fort Sumter will not be surrendered" came from various people in the Buchanan Administration in response to a demand for surrender from South Carolina.
February 5, 1861 - Plans are being made in Montgomery, AL, for the inauguration of the Government of the Confederate States of America.
February 5, 1861 - Civil authorities of Texas appoint a commission to confer with the US officer commanding that military department there.
February 5, 1861 - The Peace Convention convening in Washington, DC, attempts to devise a means of settling this dispute between the states in a non-violent solution.
February 5, 1861 - Federal scouts from Fort Walla Walla, Washington Territory and Fort Dallas, Oregon Territory, to the Umatilla River and to Willow and Butter Creeks, Oregon, with skirmishes with Indians (Feb 8 & 10) on the Columbus River. (Feb 5-17)
February 5, 1861 Louisiana congressional delegation, except Mr Bouligny, withdraws from Congress (US Civil War)
February 5, 1862 - Col. James H. Carleton, 1st California Infantry, resumes the command of the District of Southern CA.
February 5, 1862 - Brig. Gen. Charles Ferguson Smith, USA, captures Fort Heiman, on the bluffs above Fort Henry, TN, from Brig. Gen. Lloyd Tilghman, CSA.
February 5, 1863 - Federal scout from Fayetteville to the Arkansas River, with skirmishes at Threlkeld's Ferry and near Van Buren, AR. (Feb 5-12)
February 5, 1863 - Skirmish in Pope County, AR.
February 5, 1863 - Skirmish on Bear Creek, Johnson County, MO.
February 5, 1863 - Skirmish near Olive Branch Church, north of Williamsburg, VA.
February 5, 1863 - Federal operations at the Rappahannock Bridge and at Grove Church, VA, with the purpose of destroying the railroad bridge is called off due to a snow storm. (Feb 5-7)
February 5, 1863 - The Grand Divisions, Army of the Potomac, are abolished, and the commanders are assigned to the command of US Army corps as follows:
Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds, USA - 1st US Army Corps
Maj. Gen. Darius N. Couch, USA - 2d US Army Corps
Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Sickles, USA - 3d US Army Corps
Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, USA - 5th US Army Corps
Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick, USA - 6th US Army Corps
Maj. Gen. William F. Smith, USA - 9th US Army Corps
Maj. Gen. Franz Sigel, USA - 11th US Army Corps
Maj. Gen. Henry W. Slocum, USA - 12th US Army Corps
Maj. Gen. George Stoneman, USA - US Cavalry Corps
February 5, 1863 - Union scout in a blinding snowstorm from Camp Piatt, across the Big Coal River at Thompson's farm, to Wyoming County, and about 12 miles above Boone Court-House, WV; some men having their feet frozen. (Feb 5-8)
February 5, 1864 - Sherman enters Jackson, Mississippi.
February 5, 1864 - The Florida Expedition, begins as Brig. Gen. Truman Seymour, USA, moves from Hilton Head, SC, toward Jacksonville, FL. (Feb 5-22)
February 5, 1864 - Federal scout from Houston, MO, into Arkansas, with skirmishes. The Federal rout the large but poorly armed band of guerrillas. (Feb 5-17)
February 5, 1864 - Skirmish on Crooked Creek, in Northwestern AR.
February 5, 1864 - Skirmish near Cape Girardeau, MO.
February 5, 1864 - Skirmish on Baker's Creek, MS, as Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA, occupies Jackson, enroute to Meridian, MS.
February 5, 1864 - Skirmish at Clinton, MS, the Meridian, MS, Expedition.
February 5, 1864 - Skirmish at Jackson, MS, the Meridian, MS, Expedition.
February 5, 1864 - Skirmish near Aldie, VA, where the Federals capture some of Maj. John S. Mosby's Partisan Rangers who attacked their rear guard. Mosby's men were led by William E. Ormsby who deserted from the 2nd MA Cavalry on the night of Jan 24. Ormsby was tried by drumhead court-martial and executed on Feb 7.
February 5, 1865 - Action at Braddock's Farm, near Welaka, FL.
February 5, 1865 - Skirmish at Combahee Ferry, SC.
February 5, 1865 - Skirmish at Duncanville, SC.
February 5, 1865 - The latest Confederate ironclad, the CSS Stonewall, arrives at Ferrol, Spain, for refueling.
February 5, 1865 - Skirmish near McMinnville, TN, as the Yankees attack the Rebel desperadoes, or as the Federals put it, with some of the Southern Chivalry.
February 5, 1865 - The Battle of Hatcher's Run, or Dabney's Mill, VA, as Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, extends Gen. Robert E. Lee's CSA, defensive lines around Petersburg, VA, by sending the 2nd and 5th US Army Corps south and westward toward the Boydton Plank Road and Hatcher's Run, the Richmond, VA, Campaign. (Feb 5-7)
February 5, 1865 - Skirmish at Charlestown, WV.
February 5, 1865 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.
February 5, 1969 - First performance at Ford's Theater in over a hundred years.