On this day in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag
February 26, 1832 - John George Nicolay, German-American author (Abe Lincoln's secretary and biographer), born in Essingen, Rhenish Bavaria (d. 1901)
February 26, 1861 - Camp Colorado, TX, is abandoned by the Union forces, led by Capt. E. Kirby Smith, 2nd US Cavalry.
February 26, 1862 - Ambrose Powell Hill, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
February 26, 1862 - James Johnston Pettigrew, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
February 26, 1862 - Skirmish at Keytesville, MO.
February 26, 1862 - Maj. Gen. John Porter McCown, CSA, assumes the command at Madrid Bend, MO.
February 26, 1862 - Confederate scout to Nashville, TN, by Col. John Hunt Morgan, CSA.
February 26, 1862 - Battle of Woodburn, Kentucky
February 26, 1863 - The National Currency Act was signed into law by President Lincoln, creating a national banking system, a Currency Bureau and the office of Comptroller of the Currency. The act's goal was to establish a single currency.
February 26, 1863 - The Cherokee Nation rescinds its declaration of secession and abolished slavery, reversing its earlier course.
February 26, 1863 - Confederate guerrillas capture a Union freight train laden with supplies near Woodburn, TN.
February 26, 1863 - Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet, CSA, assumes the command of the Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina.
February 26, 1863 - Affair 2 miles from Germantown, VA, as Capt. John S. Mosby's Cavalry routs the Federals there.
February 26, 1864 - Edward Porter Alexander, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
February 26, 1864 - William Wirt Allen, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
February 26, 1864 - Skirmish near Canton, MS, as Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA, continues to withdraw from Meridian, MS, the Meridian, MS, Expedition.
February 26, 1864 - Skirmish at Sulphur Springs, TN.
February 26, 1864 - The Confederate capture of Washington, TN, by , Col. John M. Hughs', CSA, Confederate operations in Middle Tennessee, inflicting 75 Union casualties.
February 26, 1865 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.
February 26, 1865 - Federal expedition from Pine Bluff to McMilley's Farm, AR, with skirmish (Feb.27) with guerrillas at McMilley's Farm. (Feb 26-28)
February 26, 1865 - Skirmish at Lynch's Creek, SC, as Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA, Marches on.
February 26, 1865 - Skirmish near Stroud's Mill, SC, as Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's, USA, 20th US Army Corps reaches Hanging Rock, NC.
February 26, 1865 - Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock, USA, is assigned to the command of the Dept. of West Virginia, and temporarily of all the troops of the Middle Military Division not under the immediate command of Maj. Gen. Philip Henry Sheridan, USA.
February 26, 1869 - 15th Amendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states to ratify.
February 26, 1903 - Richard J Gatling, US inventor (Gatling Gun), dies at 84 in New York City.