On this day in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag
February 19, 1821 - Francis Preston Blair Jr, (Rep-Missouri), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1875)
February 19, 1827 - Charles Robert Woods, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Newark, Ohio (d. 1855)
February 19, 1858 - The Mormon Church in Salt Lake City begins issuing "defense notes." They will continue issuing this paper currency for a month.
February 19, 1861 - Jefferson Davis appoints his Cabinet including fire eater Robert Toombs (State), Christopher Memminger (Treasury), LeRoy Pope Walker (War), Judah P. Benjamin (Attorney-General) and J. H. Reagan (Postmaster-General).
February 19, 1861 - The US Paymaster officer is seized at New Orleans, LA.
February 19, 1861 - President-elect Abraham Lincoln delivers his speech at New York City, NY.
February 19, 1861 - Bvt. Maj. Gen. David E. Twiggs, USA, is superseded by Col. Carlos A. Waite, USA, in the Dept. of Texas, at Camp Verde, TX.
February 19, 1862 - Skirmish at West Plains, MO.
February 19, 1862 - Federal expedition into Currituck Sound, NC. (Feb 19-20)
February 19, 1862 - Clarksville, TN, and Fort Defiance are occupied by the Union forces under Brig. Gen. Charles Ferguson Smith, USA.
February 19, 1863 - Federal expedition from Indian Village to Rosedale, LA.
February 19, 1863 - Skirmish near Coldwater River, MS, results in a Union victory, over Col. Wood, CSA.
February 19, 1863 - Skirmish near Yazoo Pass, MS, with Brig. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA, Cavalry and Maj. Gen. John A McClernand, USA.
February 19, 1863 - Federal scout into Barton and Jasper Counties, MO. (Feb 19-23)
February 19, 1863 - Skirmish near Rover, TN.
February 19, 1863 - Skirmish at Leesburg, VA.
February 19, 1864 - Brig. Gen. William Edwin Baldwin, CSA, dies near Dog River Factory, AL, after falling from his horse, when his saddle straps broke.
February 19, 1864 - Operations about Brown's Ferry, AL, as the Federals report that a considerable Confederate Cavalry force has got back into the Tuscumbia Valley, and the Federals attempt to repulse their crossing the river at three ferries.
February 19, 1864 - The Confederate capture of a Union forage train of 35 wagons at Waugh's farm, 12 miles from Batesville, AR.
February 19, 1864 - Skirmish at Grossetete, or Grosse Tete Bayou, LA.
February 19, 1864 - Skirmish at Egypt Station, MS, the Meridian, MS, Expedition.
February 19, 1864 - Skirmish near Houston, MS, the Meridian, MS, Expedition.
February 19, 1864 - Skirmish near Meridian, MS, the Meridian, MS, Expedition.
February 19, 1864 - Skirmish near Independence, MO.
February 19, 1864 - William Edwin Baldwin, US Confederate brigadier general, dies from falling off his horse in Mobile, AL.
February 19, 1865 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.
February 19, 1865 - Federal expedition with the 56th US Colored Infantry, from Helena, AR, aboard the steamer, Curlew, to Friar's Point, MS. (Feb 19-22)
February 19, 1865 - Federal expedition from Barrancas to Milton, FL, to obtain an interview with the Rebel Captain Keyser, and make arrangements for the surrender of his command. Upon arriving here, the Yankees find that Keyser had been ordered to Pollard, AL.
February 19, 1865 - Federal expedition from Eastport, MS, to Russellville, AL, with skirmishes (Feb 20) near Tuscumbia, AL, in the Federal advance on Selma. (Feb 19-23)
February 19, 1865 - Skirmish at Town Creek, near Wilmington, and the Cape Fear River, NC, as Maj. Gen. Jacob D. Cox, USA, attempts to flank the Confederates and capture Wilmington. (Feb 19-20)
February 19, 1865 - The Union capture of Fort Anderson, near Wilmington, NC.
February 19, 1866 - New Freedman's Bureau bill passed by Congress. President Andrew Johnson vetoes the bill that authorized military trial for those accused of "depriving Negroes of the Civil Rights" on the same day.
February 19, 1871 - John B. Magruder, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 63 in Houston, TX.