Category Archives: February

February ’65

1865 The Confederate States of America and its “peculiar” institution were nearing the bottom of an increasingly slippery slope to extinction. The most telling sign was ratification of a brand-new constitutional amendment, the 13th, by the state of Illinois just … Continue reading

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February ’64

1864 The winter war–the one with which Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant were determined to give the Confederates no respite–continued. Lincoln was meanwhile deciding to put Grant, his most successful general, in charge of all Union forces. The master … Continue reading

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February ’63

1863   Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant dramatically bolstered his command of the Union’s western theater following a protest against it that developed on Feb. 1. In early January, troublesome Maj. Gen. John McClernand, wielding seniority in rank and the … Continue reading

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February ’62

1862 One of the Civil War’s most pivotal months began as unpromisingly as ever for the Union in the East. President Lincoln continued trying to push his obstinate general-in-chief, George McClellan, into actually fighting. McClellan disagreed with Lincoln in public … Continue reading

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