On this day in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag
February 6, 1833 - J. E. B. Stuart, Confederate General in the American Civil War, born in Patrick County, Virginia (d. 1864)
February 6, 1834 - William Dorsey Pender, Major General (Confederate Army), born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina (d. 1863)
February 6, 1861 - The US steamer, Brooklyn, arrives off Pensacola, FL, with Federal reinforcements for Fort Pickens.
February 6, 1861 - 1st meeting of Provisional Congress of Confederate States of America (US Civil War)
February 6, 1862 - Federal naval expedition to Florence, AL, by the gunboats, USS Conestoga, USS Lexington, and the USS Tyler, led by Lieut. Commander S.L. Phelps, USN. (Feb 6-10)
February 6, 1862 - Reconnaissance to Wright River, SC.
February 6, 1862 - The Capture of Fort Henry, TN, by the Union naval forces under Flag Officer Andrew Foote. Brig. Gen. Lloyd Tilghman, CSA surrenders the fort of about 90 men, sending the majority of his forces to Fort Donelson, TN, ten miles away on the Cumberland River, prior to surrendering, with the following Federal gunboats participating in the attack:
USS Saint Louis
February 6, 1863 - William Seward informs Minister Mecier that the French offer to mediate the Civil War had been rejected by the United States.
February 6, 1863 - Federal scout in the vicinity of Fort Pillow, TN.
February 6, 1863 - Skirmish at Dranesville, VA.
February 6, 1863 - Skirmish at and near Millwood, VA, after the stage coach running between Martinsburg and Winchester was captured by guerrillas, who in turn were captured by the Yankees.
February 6, 1863 - Skirmish at Wiggenton's Mills, Aquia Creek, VA.
February 6, 1863 - The 9th US Army Corps, encamped around Falmouth and Aquia Creek, VA, Maj. Gen. William Farrar Smith, USA, commanding, is transferred aboard railroad cars and water transports, from the Army of the Potomac to Newport News, VA. (Feb 6-21)
February 6, 1864 - Col. Henry M. Black, 6th California Infantry, is assigned to the command the District of Humboldt, CA.
February 6, 1864 - Skirmish at Hillsborough, MS, the Meridian, MS, Expedition.
February 6, 1864 - Federal scout in the Sni Hills, MO, after bushwhackers. (Feb 6-10)
February 6, 1864 - Skirmish near Newport Barracks, NC, as this effectively ends Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett's, CSA, advance on New Berne, NC.
February 6, 1864 - Federal expedition to John's and James Islands and skirmishes (Feb 9-11) near Bugbee Bridge, Charleston Harbor, SC, and vicinity. (Feb 6-14)
February 6, 1864 - Affair at Bolivar, TN, with Union foragers.
February 6, 1864 - Expedition from Memphis, TN, to Wyatt, MS, the Meridian, MS, Expedition. (Feb 6-18)
February 6, 1864 - Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren, USA, is placed temporarily in command of the 2nd US Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, VA.
February 6, 1864 - Demonstration on the Rapidan, including engagement at Norton's Ford and skirmishes at Barnett's and Culpeper's Fords, VA, with the Federals forced to retreat back across the Rapidan. (Feb 6-7)
February 6, 1864 - Federal expedition from Yorktown against Richmond, VA, including skirmishes at Bottom's Bridge and near Baltimore Store, ordered by Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, USA, to release the Union prisoners held there. This moves meets with failure and the Confederates under Brig. Gen. Eppa Hunton, CSA, force a Union withdrawal. Hunton then sends his best wagon train teams to King and Queen county for pork. The army must be fed. (Feb 6-8)
February 6, 1865 - Brig. Gen. John Pegram, CSA, is mortally wounded at Hatcher's Run, or Dabney's Mill, VA, instantly killed by a Federal Minie ball through his heart as he led his troops against the Federal positions of Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren's, USA, 5th US Army Corps, with the Confederates being repulsed.
February 6, 1865 - Federal operations in Ozark County, MO, as the Yankees move to remove yet another guerrilla from this area. (Feb 6-8)
February 6, 1865 - Skirmish near Barnwell, SC.
February 6, 1865 - Skirmish at Cowpen Ford, Little Salkehatchie River, SC, as Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA, presses onward.
February 6, 1865 - Action at Fishburn's Plantation, near Lane's Bridge, Little Salkehatchie River, SC.
February 6, 1865 - Affair at Corn's Farm, Franklin County, 12 miles from Hillsborough, as a Confederate is shot as he tried to flee from the Corn's barn where he had been sleeping for the night.
February 6, 1865 - Federal scout from Fairfax Court-House to Brentsville, VA, where the Yankees had a hard time crossing Bull Run as it was frozen over. (Feb 6-7)
February 6, 1865 - President Jefferson Davis appoints Maj. Gen. John Cabell Breckinridge, CSA, as the new Confederate Secretary of War.
February 6, 1865 - Maj. Gen. Edward O.C. Ord, USA, is assigned to the command of the Dept. of Virginia, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.
February 6, 1865 - Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA, assumes the position of General-in-Chief of all the Confederate armies.
February 6, 1865 - The siege of Petersburg was ongoing.
February 6, 1867 - Louisiana rejects the 14th Amendment.