On this day in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag
February 25, 1808 - James Bowen, American Major General (Union Army), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1886)
February 25, 1809 - George Washington Cullom, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)
February 25, 1815 - Robert Hall Chilton, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Loudoun County, VA. (d. 1879)
February 25, 1833 - Clement Anselm Evans, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Stewart County, GA. (d. 1911)
February 25, 1861 - President-Elect Lincoln meets with members of both houses of Congress.
February 25, 1861 - The Saratoga, a ship in the U. S. African Squadron, captures the sloop Express, a slave ship.
February 25, 1862 - First Legal Tender Act 1862 is passed by the US Congress, authorizing the United States Note (greenback) into circulation, the first fiat paper money that was legal tender in America.
February 25, 1862 - "Bull" Nelson enters Nashville, Tennessee, first Confederate state capital to fall into Union hands. Don Carlos Buell accepts the city's surrender. Nathan Bedford Forrest provides a rear guard for Hardee's Army of Central Kentucky as it withdraws to Alabama.
February 25, 1862 - Skirmish at Keetsville, Barry County, MO, with Brig. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis, USA, and the Texas Rangers.
February 25, 1862 - Maj. Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, CSA, is assigned to the command in East Tennessee.
February 25, 1862 - Operations in Loudoun County, VA. (Feb 25-May 6)
February 25, 1863 - Major General Daniel Harvey Hill [CS] assumes command of all North Carolina forces.
February 25, 1863 - Skirmish at Chantilly, VA.
February 25, 1863 - Skirmish at Hartwood Church, VA, with Brig. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee's, CSA, Cavalry.
February 25, 1863 - Cavalry skirmishes near Winchester, Strasburg, and Woodstock, VA. (Feb 25-26)
February 25, 1863 - The USS Vanderbilt captures the British blockade runner, Peterhoff, off St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, which almost causes an international incident, eventually the Peterhoff is released.
February 25, 1864 - Affair near Hudsonville, MS, the Meridian, MS, Expedition.
February 25, 1864 - Maj. Gen. Oliver 0. Howard, USA, resumes the command of the 11th US Army Corps, TN.
February 25, 1864 - Federal scout from Whiteside's, TN, to Stevens' and Prick's Gaps, GA, where the Yankees gather all the meat and beef they could find. (Feb 25-26)
February 25, 1864 - Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge, CSA, is assigned to the command of the Trans-Alleghany or the Western Dept. of Virginia, relieving from command, Maj. Gen. Samuel Jones, CSA.
February 25, 1865 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.
February 25, 1865 - Brig. Gen. James Veatch, USA, assumes the command of the US forces on Dauphin Island, AL.
February 25, 1865 - Maj. Gen. Frederick Steele, USA, is assigned to the command of the troops operating from Pensacola Bay, FL.
February 25, 1865 - Skirmish at Piketon, KY.
February 25, 1865 - The Union forces occupy Camden, SC, on the Wateree River.
February 25, 1865 - Skirmish at West's Cross-Roads, SC.
February 25, 1865 - Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, CSA, assumes the command of the Army of Tennessee and all troops in the Confederate Dept. of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Johnston notifies Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA, that he believes a combination of his troops with Gen. Braxton Bragg, CSA, in North Carolina is necessary to mount any kind of obstruction to the forces under Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA.
February 25, 1865 - Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, USA, assumes the command of the 13th US Army Corps, TN.
February 25, 1870 - Hiram R. Revels takes his seat in the Senate from the state of Mississippi. Revels is black.
February 25, 1897 - Congress issues its final report on the Ford's Theater disaster.