On this day in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag
February 15, 1815 - Word reaches America that the Treaty of Ghent has been signed, ending the War of 1812.
February 15, 1835 - Alexander Stuart Webb, Major General (Union Army), born in New York, New York. (d. 1911)
February 15, 1847 - Hannibal Hamlin offers the Wilmot Proviso to Polk's Three Million Dollar Bill.
February 15, 1851 - Shadrach Minkins is seized in Boston by slave hunters operating under the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act. Blacks in Boston broke into the courtroom to rescue Minkins.
February 15, 1855 - Congress approves the rank of Lieutenant General by brevet. It is immediately conferred on Winfield Scott.
February 15, 1861 - Fort Point in San Francisco is completed & garrisoned (but has never fired cannon in anger).
February 15, 1861 - President-elect Abraham Lincoln delivers his speech at Pittsburgh, PA, then traveling on to Cleveland, OH.
February 15, 1861 - The Peace Convention, meeting in Washington, DC, continues to debate and drag on, not reaching any conclusions.
February 15, 1861 - Raphael Semmes, who will later command the CSS Sumter and the CSS Alabama, resigns his US Naval Commission, Washington, DC.
February 15, 1861 - Provisional Confederate Congress votes to take Ft. Sumter and Ft. Pickens (FL) by force if necessary.
February 15, 1861 - Delegates from Texas arrive at the Convention of Seceding States.
February 15, 1862 - William Wing Loring, C.S.A., is appointed Maj. Gen.
February 15, 1862 - Action at Venus Point, GA.
February 15, 1862 - Brig. Gen. John McAllister Schofield, USA, assumes the command of the District of Saint Louis, MO.
February 15, 1862 - Skirmish near Flat Creek, MO.
February 15, 1862 - Federal expedition from Cairo, IL, to Eastport, MS, by the US gunboats, Lieut. William Gwin USA, aboard the USS Tyler, commanding. (Feb 15-22)
February 15, 1862 - Brig. Gen. John Buchanan Floyd, CSA, passes the Confederate command of Fort Donelson, TN, to Brig. Gen. Gideon Johnson Pillow, CSA, who in turn, passes the command to Brig. Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner, CSA, which allows the former two to escape through the Union lines with a portion of their commands towards Nashville. Lieut. Col. Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA, leads his cavalry command to safety prior to Buckner's surrender of the Fort, opting not to surrender.
February 15, 1863 - Skirmish at Arkadelphia, AR, with the guerrillas routed.
February 15, 1863 - Skirmishes near Auburn, TN, as the Federals attack a Rebel party attempting to burn a bridge; they are counterattacked by the Confederates.
February 15, 1863 - Skirmish near Cainsville, TN, where Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan, CSA, is repulsed by Col. Monroe, USA.
February 15, 1863 - Skirmish near Nolensville, TN, where Sgt. Holmes, USA, fends off the Confederates.
February 15, 1864 - Skirmish at Saline River, AR.
February 15, 1864 - Federal expedition from Fernandina to Woodstock and King's Ferry Mills, FL, for the purpose of procuring lumber for military use. (Feb 15-23)
February 15, 1864 - Skirmishes at Marion Station, MS, the Meridian, MS, Expedition. (Feb 15-17)
February 15, 1864 - Federal expedition from Vicksburg to Grand Gulf, MS, as the 12th Louisiana Infantry of African descent is sent on numerous excursions throughout the area, confiscating and transporting mainly Confederate cotton, with assistance by the Union steamers, Shenango, Thomas E. Tutt, Autocrat, John Raines, Welcome, the gunboat, Pittsburg, and the ram Switzerland. No encounter with the enemy, although seen. The Federals lose only one man who was captured and hung, and a couple accidently wounded by friendly fire. (Feb 15-Mar 6)
February 15, 1864 - Affair near Charleston, MO, with guerrillas.
February 15, 1864 - Skirmish in Overton County, TN, with the Confederates defeating a party of bushwhackers and lories, inflicting 19 casualties, including 17 dead, by Col. John M. Hughs', CSA, Confederate operations in Middle Tennessee.
February 15, 1864 - Skirmish at Laurel Creek, Wayne County, WV, 25 miles from Louisa, KY, with Rebel casualties and prisoners.
February 15, 1865 - Bryan Grimes, C.S.A., is appointed Maj. Gen.
February 15, 1865 - John Horace Forney, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
February 15, 1865 - Thomas Muldrup Logan, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
February 15, 1865 - Green Berry Raum, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
February 15, 1865 - Charles John Stolbrand, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
February 15, 1865 - Brig. Gen. Mosby M. Parsons, CSA, is assigned to the temporary command of the District of Arkansas.
February 15, 1865 - Brig. Gen. Alexander Asboth, USA, assumes the command of the District of West Florida, vice Brig. Gen. Thomas J. McKean, USA, is relieved.
February 15, 1865 - Skirmish at Bates' Ferry, Congaree River, SC, as the Confederates desperately attempt to slow Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's, USA, and his 4 US Army Corps advance with the aid of the Union Cavalry under Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick, USA.
February 15, 1865 - Skirmish at Congaree Creek, SC.
February 15, 1865 - Skirmish at Red Bank Creek, SC.
February 15, 1865 - Skirmish at Savannah Creek, SC.
February 15, 1865 - Skirmish at Two League Cross-Roads, near Lexington, SC.
February 15, 1865 - Federal scout from Nashville, on the Nolensville Pike, TN. (Feb 15-16)
February 15, 1865 - Federal scout from Fairfax Court-House to Aldie and Middleburg, VA, with the capture of 8 Confederate Cavalrymen. (Feb 15-16)
February 15, 1869 - Charges of treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped, based on the general amnesty granted by President Johnson on Christmas.
February 15, 1869 - Indictments against eighteen general officers of the Confederacy and nineteen other persons were dismissed.
February 15, 1905 - Lewis Wallace, Union General, US diplomat/writer (Ben Hur), dies at 77 in Crawfordsville, IN.