02/09, February 9th In Civil War History

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On this day in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag

February 9, 1823 - Nicholas Biddle becomes president of the second Bank of the United States.

February 9, 1825 - U. S. House elects John Quincy Adams President of the United States.

February 9, 1826 - John Alexander Logan, American political leader and Major General (Union Army), born in Murphysboro, Illinois (d. 1886)

February 9, 1861 - After privately considering William Yancey, Howell Cobb, Robert Toombs, Alexander Stephens, and Robert Barnwell Rhett for President of the Confederate States of America, the Convention settles on Jefferson Davis. They select Alexander Stephens, both pro-Union and a friend of Abraham Lincoln, as vice-president.

February 9, 1861 - In a blow to the newly formed Confederacy, Tennessee voters reject the call for a secessionist convention, 68,262 to 59,499.

February 9, 1861 -Fort Pickens, FL, refuses to receive the Federal troops that arrived on the US steamer, Brooklyn, in order to keep the status quo.

February 9, 1861 -Bvt. Maj. Gen. David E. Twiggs, USA, appoints a military commission to meet the commissioners of Texas.

February 9, 1862 - Union Brigadier General Charles Stone arrested and taken to Fort Lafayette, New York and placed in solitary confinement. He was not told the reason for his confinement.

February 9, 1862 - Skirmish at Marshfield, MO, with Brig. Gen. Samuel Curtis, USA.

February 9, 1862 - Brig. Gen. Gideon Johnson Pillow, CSA, assumes the command at Fort Donelson, TN.

February 9, 1863 - Alfred Eugene Jackson, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.

February 9, 1863 - William Henry Talbot Walker, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.

February 9, 1863 - Joseph Pannell Taylor, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.

February 9, 1863 - The Confederate Southwestern Army is extended to embrace the entire Trans-Mississippi Dept.

February 9, 1863 - Affair near Moscow, TN, with guerrillas.

February 9, 1863 - Skirmish near Somerville, VA.

February 9, 1864 - Skirmish at Morgan's Mill, Spring River, AR, as the Federals, while hunting a large band of guerrillas, run into a full regiment of Confederate regulars.

February 9, 1864 - Skirmish at Tomahawk Gap, AR.

February 9, 1864 - Skirmish in White County, AR.

February 9, 1864 - Federal expedition from Fernandina up Nassau River, FL. (Feb 9-10)

February 9, 1864 - Skirmish near Point Washington, FL, with Brig. Gen. Seymour.

February 9, 1864 - Skirmish at New River, LA.

February 9, 1864 - Yazoo City, MS, is occupied by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA, on his way to Meridian, MS. (Feb 9-Mar 6)

February 9, 1864 - Federal reconnaissance toward Swansboro, NC, and Young's Crossroads and the White River. The Rebels are reported to have retired to Jacksonville and Trenton.

February 9, 1864 - Skirmish in Hardin County, TN.

February 9, 1864 - Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield, USA, supersedes Maj. Gen. John G. Foster, USA, in the command of the Dept. of the Ohio, TN.

February 9, 1864 - 109 Federal officers, led by Col. Thomas E. Rose, of PA, escape from Libby Prison, Richmond, VA, by digging a tunnel, with 2 drowning and 48 others being recaptured.

February 9, 1864 - President Abraham Lincoln sits for several photographs, including the one eventually to be used on the $5 bill at Washington, D.C.

February 9, 1865 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.

February 9, 1865 - James Isham Gilbert, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.

February 9, 1865 - Brig. Gen. Elias S. Dennis, USA, assumes the command of the District of South Alabama.

February 9, 1865 - Federal scout from Pine Bluff to Devall's Bluff, AR, with skirmish with guerrillas. (Feb 9-19)

February 9, 1865 - The Northern Division of Louisiana is formed, to consist of the Districts of Baton Rouge and of Port Hudson, and the Post of Morganza, while Maj. Gen. Francis J. Herron, USA, is assigned to its command.

February 9, 1865 - The Defenses of New Orleans, LA, is changed to the Southern Division of Louisiana, with Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Sherman, USA, in command.

February 9, 1865 - Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield, USA, assumes the command of the Dept. of North Carolina.

February 9, 1865 - The advance of the 23rd US Army Corps from Tennessee, arrives at Fort Fisher, NC, under command of Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield, USA, and prepares for an assault on Wilmington, NC.

February 9, 1865 - Maj. Gen. Quincy A. Gillmore, USA, assumes the command of the Dept. of the South, over vice Maj. Gen. John G. Foster, SC.

February 9, 1865 - Skirmish at Binnaker's Bridge, South Edisto River, SC.

February 9, 1865 - Skirmish at Holman's Bridge, South Edisto River, SC.

February 9, 1865 - Skirmish near Memphis, TN, where the Confederates attack and capture a Union wood train and its escort. A Negro moving his family to Memphis told the pursuing Yankees he passed a Rebel force with a large number of mules about 12 miles from Hernando. The Yankees moved out in that direction.

February 9, 1865 - Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA, who assumed the command of all the Confederate Armies, and proposes granting a pardon to all deserters who return to their commands within 30 days; President Jefferson Davis concurs.

February 9, 1870 - The U. S. Weather Bureau is created as a direct result of the Civil War. Generals wanted accurate weather forecasts for battles. At first the Weather Bureau exists as part of the Signal Corps.

February 9, 1886, General Winfield Scott Hancock died on Governor's Island, New York.

February 9, 1892 - Alfred Moore Scales, CSA Brig. General and politician (45th Governor of North Carolina), dies at 64.
 
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February 9, 1861 -Fort Pickens, FL, refuses to receive the Federal troops that arrived on the US steamer, Brooklyn, in order to keep the status quo.
Started a book on Civil War Pensacola on Wednesday night and still in January 1861. That incident should be in my next coupla reading sessions.
 

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February 9, 1865 - Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA, who assumed the command of all the Confederate Armies, and proposes granting a pardon to all deserters who return to their commands within 30 days; President Jefferson Davis concurs.
I believe I read in both The Last Citadel by Noah Trudeau and All For The Union by Elisha Hunt Rhodes,that by that point a handful of Confederate deserters were crossing into the Union lines at Petersburg almost every night.
 

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Ah, there is the weather bureau I was talking about on another link. I didn't know of its existence, nor have I seen a report from its Signal Corps headquarters. Something for me to keep my eyes peeled for. Thanks, @Jimklag.Lubliner.
 
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