On this day in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag
February 13, 1819 - Outgoing House member James Tallmadge of New York presents an amendment to the Missouri statehood bill requiring Missouri to halt the further introduction of slaves to the territory and to provide for the gradual emancipation of the slaves already there. Name frequently listed as Talmadge (a 20th century Georgia Senator) and the date occasionally listed as February 14, the day debate began on the amendment).
February 13, 1819 - Bill permitting Missouri to draw up a state constitution to be admitted to the Union comes to the floor of the House.
February 13, 1831 - John Aaron Rawlins, Bvt. Major General (Union Army), born in Galena, IL. (d. 1869)
February 13, 1861 - The U. S. Electoral College makes Lincoln's electoral win official.
February 13, 1861 - President-elect Abraham Lincoln addresses the Ohio State Legislature, at Columbus, OH.
February 13, 1861 - In Richmond, former President John Tyler and former Virginia governor Henry Wise lead the notables who meet for the first time as Virginia's secessionist convention.
February 13, 1861 - Colonel Bernard Irwin attacks & defeats hostile Chiricahua Apaches. First military action to result in Congressional Medal of Honor.
February 13, 1862 - February 16, 1862 - Battle of Ft. Donelson. General Ulysses S. Grant demands the unconditional surrender of the garrison from an old friend, Simon Bolivar Buckner.
February 13, 1862 - James Ronald Chalmers, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
February 13, 1862 - Joseph Brevard Kershaw, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
February 13, 1862 - Skirmish at Fort Heiman, KY, due to the Fort Donelson, TN, siege, with Lieut. Col. J. H. Miller, CSA, 1st Battalion Mississippi Cavalry, defending.
February 13, 1862 - Federal occupation of Springfield, MO.
February 13, 1862 - Skirmish at Blooming Gap, VA.
February 13, 1863 - President Lincoln is visited by diminutive circus performer General Tom Thumb and his wife.
February 13, 1863 - Skirmish near Washington, NC, as Union cavalry surprise and capture the Confederate's outpost picket headquarters and men.
February 13, 1863 - The USS Indianola successfully sails past the Vicksburg, MS, shore batteries as so many other Union vessels have done.
February 13, 1863 - Federal expedition from La Grange, TN, to Mount Pleasant and Lamar, MS. (Feb 13-14)
February 13, 1863 - Skirmish at Dranesville, VA.
February 13, 1864 - Federal expedition from Helena up the Saint Francis River, AR, with a large amount of Confederate prisoners taken. (Feb 13-14)
February 13, 1864 - Skirmishes at Pease Creek, FL. (Feb 13-14)
February 13, 1864 - Skirmishes between Chunky Creek and Meridian, MS, the Meridian, MS, Expedition. (Feb 13-14)
February 13, 1864 - Skirmish at Wyatt, MS, the Meridian, MS, Expedition.
February 13, 1864 - Skirmish in Fentress County, TN.
February 13, 1864 - Federal scout near Knoxville, TN, to within sight of the Rebel camp, with no enemy encounters.
February 13, 1865 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.
February 13, 1865 - Maj. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis, USA, assumes the command of the Dept. of the Northwest, consisting of the Colorado Territory.
February 13, 1865 - Action at Station Four, FL, as the 2nd US Colored Infantry contribute their quota of dead privates today, as the Yankees' path of destruction in this area is contested today by the Confederates, Maj. Gen. Samuel Jones, CSA, commanding the District of Florida, fighting a losing battle.
February 13, 1865 - Skirmish with bushwhackers in Mississippi County, MO.
February 13, 1865 - Federal expedition from Camp Russell (near Winchester) to Strasburg, Edenburg and Little Fort Valley, VA, and skirmishes with Brig. Gen. John McCausland's, CSA, Cavalry, with fatalities on both sides. (Feb 13-17)
February 13, 1866 - Jesse James holds up his first bank, stealing $15,000 from the Clay County Savings Association in Liberty, Missouri.
February 13, 1891 - David Dixon Porter, United States Navy admiral, dies at 77 in Washington, DC.
February 13, 1897 - Joseph O. Shelby, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 66 in Adrian, Missouri.
February 13, 1968 - Ford's Theater reopens to the public.