What Happened in February 1862

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Julia Howe publishes "Battle Hymn of Republic"

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Feb 6 General Ulysses S. Grant captures Fort Henry in Tennessee

Union General and US President Ulysses S. Grant
Union General and US President
Ulysses S. Grant
  • Feb 6 American Civil War: Naval engagement on Tennessee River, USS Conestago vs CSS Appleton Belle
  • Feb 6 Ulysses S. Grant begins military campaign in Mississippi
  • Feb 7 Federal fleet attack on Roanoke Island NC
  • Feb 8 Battle of Roanoke Island NC, Federals gain control of Pamlico Sound
  • Feb 8 Opera "Lily of Killarney" premieres in London
  • Feb 10 Dutch 2nd government of Thorbecke forms
  • Feb 13 -Feb 16th) Siege of Ft Donelson, Tennessee
  • Feb 14 Galena, 1st US iron-clad warship for service at sea, launched, Connecticut
  • Feb 15 Grant's major assault on Ft Donelson, Tennessee
  • Feb 16 Fort Donelson is captured by General Ulysses S. Grant following the surrender of around 12,000 Confederate soldiers
  • Feb 21 Confederate Constitution & presidency are declared permanent
  • Feb 21 Texas Rangers win Confederate victory at Battle of Valverde, Confederate Arizona (now New Mexico)
  • Feb 25 Congress forms US Bureau of Engraving & Printing

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Feb 25 Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by President Abraham Lincoln

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • Feb 26 Battle of Woodburn, Kentucky
  • Feb 28 Opera "La Reine de Saba" premieres in Paris

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 5 Felipe Villanueva y Gutierrez, Mexican composer
  • Feb 7 Bernard Maybeck, US architect (Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco)
  • Feb 10 W H "Gobo" Ashley, cricketer (7 wkts in 1 Test for South Africa 1889)
  • Feb 13 Karel Weis, Czech composer and folk song collector, born in Prague (d. 1944)
  • Feb 17 Edward German (Jones), Whitchurch Shropshire, British composer
  • Feb 17 Mori Ōgai, Japanese novelist and poet (d. 1922)
  • Feb 22 Karen Hulda Garborg[-Bergersen], Norwegian playwright (Mot Solen/Eli)
  • Feb 27 Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect and shooter (d. 1937)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 3 Jean-Baptiste Biot, French physicist/astronomer, dies at 87
  • Feb 7 Frantisek Jan Skroup, composer, dies at 61
  • Feb 11 Elizabeth Siddal, British poet and artist (b. 1829)
  • Feb 20 Francisco Balagtas, Filipino poet (Florante at Laura), dies at 73
  • Feb 21 Justinus A C Kerner, German family doctor/poet/writer, dies at 75
  • Feb 21 Nathaniel Gordon is hanged in NYC for engaging in the slave trade, the only slave trader in US history to be convicted and executed under the Piracy Law of 1820
  • Feb 24 Bernard S Ingemann, Danish author (Holger Danske), dies at 72
  • Feb 27 Gabriele dell' Addolorata, patron of Italian Catholic youth, dies at 23