On This Day

What Happened in February 1864

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 -Feb 8th] Battle of Yazoo River, MS
  • Feb 1 Second Schleswig War begins when Prussian and Austrian forces cross into Schleswig challenging Danish control
  • Feb 2 -Oct 7th) Cruise of CSS Florida
  • Feb 3 Sherman's march through Mississippi
  • Feb 4 Skirmish at Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi
  • Feb 5 Federals occupy Jackson, Mississippi
  • Feb 5 Danish army begins its withdrawal from Danevirke to Dybbøl through driven snow, last time the Danes would occupy Danevirke, symbol of Danish identity
  • Feb 6 -7] Skirmish at Barnett's Ford Virginia
  • Feb 7 Federal troops occupy Jacksonville, Florida
  • Feb 13 Miridian Campaign fighting at Chunky Creek & Wyatt, Mississippi
  • Feb 15 Fire in Rotterdam damages Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Feb 16 Battle of Mobile, Alabama - operations by Union Army
  • Feb 17 Confederate submarine HL Hunley sinks Union ship Housatonic - world' first successful submarine attack
  • Feb 19 Knights of Pythias form 1st lodge in Washington, D.C. (12 members)
  • Feb 20 Civil War battle of Olustee, Florida
  • Feb 21 -22] Battle at Okolona, Mississippi
  • Feb 21 1st US Catholic parish church for black worshippers dedicated in Baltimore
  • Feb 22 -27] Battle at Dalton Georgia
  • Feb 22 2nd and last day of Battle of Okolona, Mississippi
  • Feb 22 Skirmish at Calfkiller Creek (Battle of Dug Hill), Tennessee
  • Feb 24 -Feb 25] Battle of Tunnel Hill, GA (Buzzard's Roost)
  • Feb 27 6th and last day of battle at Dalton, Georgia (about 600 casualties)
  • Feb 27 Near Andersonville, Georgia, rebels open a new POW camp "Camp Sumpter"
  • Feb 28 -Mar 3rd] Skirmish at Albemarle County Virginia (Burton's Ford)
  • Feb 28 -Mar 4th) Raid at Kilpatrick's Richmond

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 5 Carl Teike, German military composer, born in Stettin-Altdamm, Pomerania (d. 1922)
  • Feb 6 John Henry Mackay, Scottish-born German writer (Anarchists), born in Greenock, United Kingdom (d. 1933)
  • Feb 7 Arthur Collins, singer/comedian (Peerless Quartet)
  • Feb 7 Ricardo Castro Herrera, composer
  • Feb 14 Israel Zangwill, Jewish author (Children of The Ghetto) and Zionist leader, born in London (d. 1926)
  • Feb 14 Robert E. Park, American sociologist (human ecology, marginal man), born in Harveyville, Pennsylvania (d. 1944)
  • Feb 17 Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson, Australian bush poet (Waltzing Matilda, The Man From Snowy River), born near Orange, New South Wales (d. 1941)
  • Feb 17 Jozef Murgaš, Slovak inventor (d. 1929)
  • Feb 19 Aritius S Talma, Dutch minister of Agriculture (Work Law of 1911)
  • Feb 22 Jules Renard, French writer (Poil de Carotte)

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Louise Marie Thérèse of Artois, Duchess of Parma and Piacenza, dies at 44
  • Feb 15 William Dyce, painter, dies
  • Feb 16 Vaclav Jindrich Veit, Czech composer, dies at 58
  • Feb 19 William Edwin Baldwin, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in a horse accident at 36
  • Feb 21 Jeffery Forrest, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle
  • Feb 26 Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, French Canadian politician (Prime Minister of the Province of Canada), dies at 56