What Happened in February 1865

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 13th amendment approved (National Freedom Day)

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Feb 1 General Sherman's march through South Carolina begins

  • Feb 1 JS Rock, 1st black lawyer to practice in US Supreme Court, admitted to bar
  • Feb 3 Hampton Roads Peace Conference, Lincoln & Stephens reach an impasse
  • Feb 4 Hawaiian Board of Education formed

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Feb 4 Robert E. Lee is named general-in-chief of Confederate forces

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • Feb 5 Battle of Hatcher's Run, VA (Armstrong's Mill, Dabney's Mill)
  • Feb 6 2nd day of battle at Dabney's Mills (Hatcher's Run)
  • Feb 8 1st black major in US Army appointed during US Civil war - Martin Robison Delany
  • Feb 12 Henry Highland Garnet becomes the 1st black minister to preach to the US House of Representatives, he talks about the end of slavery
  • Feb 17 -18] Battle of Charleston SC
  • Feb 17 Columbia, South Carolina, burns down during American Civil War
  • Feb 18 Battle of Fort Moultrie, SC occupied by Federals
  • Feb 18 Evacuation of Charleston, SC
  • Feb 18 Union troops force Confederates to abandon Ft Anderson, NC
  • Feb 20 Massachusetts Institute of Technology forms 1st US collegiate architectural school
  • Feb 22 Battle of Wilmington, NC (Fort Anderson) occupied by Federals
  • Feb 22 Tennessee adopts a new constitution abolishing slavery
  • Feb 27 Civil War skirmish near Sturgeon, Missouri

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 3 Martinus Ballings, Flemish jesuit/author (Will Power)
  • Feb 4 Charles Bally, Swiss linguist (Le langage et la vie)
  • Feb 5 Harvey Worthington Loomis, composer
  • Feb 9 Erich von Drygalski, Germany, geographer/glaciologist/Antarctic expl
  • Feb 9 Mrs [Beatrice] Patrick Campbell, England, actress (Pygmalion)
  • Feb 12 Kazimierz P Tetmajer, Polish writer/poet (Young Poland)
  • Feb 19 Adrian van Oordt, Dutch writer (neo-romantic)
  • Feb 19 Sven Hedin, Sweden, scientist/explorer (Tibet)
  • Feb 21 John Haden Badley, English school founder (d. 1967)
  • Feb 22 Otto Modersohn, German painter
  • Feb 23 Barney Dreyfuss, baseball owner (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Feb 28 Arthur Symons, Welsh poet/critic/co-founder (Savoy)
  • Feb 28 Wilfred Grenfell, England, medical missionary

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 6 John Pegram, US Confederate brig-gen, dies in battle at 33
  • Feb 7 John Henry Winder, US Confederate brig-gen/provost marshal, dies at 64
  • Feb 10 Heinrich Lenz, German physicist (b. 1804)
  • Feb 15 Nicholas Wiseman, 1st Archbishop of Westminster (1850-65), dies
  • Feb 24 Edmund John Armstrong, Irish poet, dies at 23
  • Feb 25 Otto Ludwig, German writer (Zwischen Himmel und Erde), dies at 47