On this day in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag
February 12, 1793 - Congress enacts the Fugitive Slave Law of 1793.
February 12, 1809 - Abraham Lincoln born, Hardin County, Kentucky.
February 12, 1828 - Robert Ransom Jr, Major General (Confederate Army), born in Warren County, NC. (d. 1892)
February 12, 1837 - Tredegar Iron Company secures a charter from the state to become a corporation.
February 12, 1861 - The US Ordnance at Napoleon, AR, is seized by the Arkansas state troops there.
February 12, 1861 - Both Lincoln and Davis speak out on secession, Davis in Mississippi, and Lincoln, at Cincinnati, OH.
February 12, 1862 - Howell Cobb, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
February 12, 1862 - George Wythe Randolph, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
February 12, 1862 - Henry Morris Naglee, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
February 12, 1862 - Skirmish at Springfield, MO, with Brig. Gen. Samuel Curtis, USA.
February 12, 1862 - Brig. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside's Federal forces occupy Edenton, NC, as the Confederates evacuate.
February 12, 1862 - The Siege and Capture of Fort Donelson, TN, with Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, surrounding the fort, as well as Dover, TN, while Federal gunboats prepare to attack from the Cumberland River. (Feb 12-16)
February 12, 1862 - Skirmish at Moorefield, WV.
February 12, 1863 - West Virginia's constitutional convention reconvenes following Congress's request that certain wording (about slaves) be modified.
February 12, 1863 - The USS Conestoga captures two Confederate steamers on the White River, AR.
February 12, 1863 - Federal operations on Bayou Plaquemine and Atchafalaya River, LA. (Feb 12-28)
February 12, 1863 - The Queen of the West destroys a Confederate supply train along the Red River, LA.
February 12, 1863 - Federal expedition from Batchelder's Creek and skirmish (Feb 13) at Sandy Ridge, NC, to ascertain the strength of the Rebels, with the capture of some Confederate small arms. (Feb 12-13)
February 12, 1863 - Union forces are defeated at Bolivar, TN, in a skirmish.
February 12, 1863 - Federal expedition from Belle Plain, aboard the steamer, Edwin Lewis, to Mattox Creek, Currioman and Nomini Bays, VA. (Feb 12-14)
February 12, 1863 - Federal expedition from Pratt's Landing, aboard the steamer, Alice Price, down the Potomac to the Coan River and Heathsville, VA, and the destruction of 5 small rebel vessels.
February 12, 1863 - Skirmishes near Smithfield and Charlestown, WV.
February 12, 1863 - The capture and later destruction of the Yankee clipper Jacob Bell, with cargo valued at over $2 million by the CSS Florida, in the Caribbean Sea, West Indies.
February 12, 1864 - Charles William Field, C.S.A., is appointed Maj. Gen.
February 12, 1864 - Federal expedition from Batesville, AR, after Col. Freeman's command. Much activity including the jayhawkers who were captured were executed by rifle squad. Forage is becoming hard to come by. (Feb 12-20)
February 12, 1864 - Skirmish at Caddo Gap, AR.
February 12, 1864 - Skirmish at Holly Springs, MS, the Meridian, MS, Expedition.
February 12, 1864 - Affair at Wall Hill, MS, the Meridian, MS, Expedition.
February 12, 1864 - Affair 4 miles west of the California House, MO, where bushwhackers attack the stagecoach, but are repelled.
February 12, 1864 - Skirmish at Macon, MO.
February 12, 1864 - Skirmish at Rock House, WV.
February 12, 1865 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.
February 12, 1865 - Skirmish at Waterloo, AL.
February 12, 1865 - Skirmish 20 miles north of Lewisburg, AR, as a Yankee column of 100 men attacked the guerrilla Capt. Jeff Williams at his home, terminating his existence on this earth.
February 12, 1865 - Federal operations about Forts Riley and Larned, KS, with little excitement. (Feb 12-20)
February 12, 1865 - Skirmish near Columbia, MO, as the Yankees attacked Jim Carter's camp, killing 3 and wounding the rest of the guerrilla outlaws.
February 12, 1865 - Skirmish at Macon, MO.
February 12, 1865 - Skirmishes at the North Edisto River, SC, as Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA, continues on his March northward toward Columbia, SC, causing vast destruction along the way. (Feb 12-13)
February 12, 1866 - The first formal observation of President Lincoln's birthday is held in Washington, D. C. President Andrew Johnson attends.
February 12, 1901 - Delaware ratifies the 14th Amendment.
February 12, 1932 - Ford's Theater reopens as the Lincoln Museum.