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 21 Justinus A C Kerner, German family doctor/poet/writer, dies at 75
  • 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