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Sunday February 24 1861
No events on this date.
Monday February 24 1862
  • Skirmish at Mingo Creek, near Saint Francisville, MO.
  • Skirmish at New Madrid, MO.
  • Affair at Lewis' Chapel, near Pohick Church, VA, 12 miles south of Alexandria, VA, with Brig. Gen. Samuel P. Heinztelman, USA.
  • Skirmish at Mason's Neck, Occoquan, VA.
  • Federal occupation of Harper's Ferry, WV, by Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Prentiss Banks, USA.
Tuesday February 24 1863
  • The US Congress organizes the Arizona Territory, officially separating it from the New Mexico Territory.
  • The Yazoo Pass Expedition (by Moon Lake, Yazoo Pass, and the Coldwater and Tallahatchee Rivers), including engagements (Mar 11, 13, 16 & Apr 2, 4) at Fort Pemberton, near Greenwood, MS. (Feb 24-Apr 8)
  • The Confederates capture and sink the Union gunboat, the Indianola, near Mr. Joe Davis' Plantation, below Vicksburg, on the Mississippi River, with the captured Queen of the West.
  • Skirmish near Strasburg, VA.
Wednesday February 24 1864
  • Skirmishes at Tunnel Hill, Buzzard Roost, and Rocky Face Ridge (or Crow's Valley), GA, as Maj. Gen. John McCauley. Palmer's, USA, forces fail to force a retreat by Lieut. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, CSA, effectively ending the Dalton, GA, excursion.
  • Skirmish at Canton, MS, the Meridian, MS, Expedition.
  • Skirmish at Tippah River, MS, the Meridian, MS, Expedition.
  • Federal scout from Camp Mimbres, the New Mexico Territory, where the Federals kill 13 Indians including the chief of the Mangas Indian tribe; the Yankees capture from the Indians a Mexican woman who had been in captivity for 15 years. (Feb 24-29)
  • Gen. Braxton Bragg, CSA, is charged with the conduct of military operations in the Armies of the Confederacy, effectively becoming President Jefferson Davis' Chief of Staff, Richmond, VA.
Friday February 24 1865
  • Federal scout with the 60th US Colored Infantry, from Helena, aboard the steamer, Curlew, to Clarke's Store, AR.
  • Affair at Switzler's Mill, MO, where the guerrilla Poe kills a man and hangs two negroes, besides robbing another citizen. Lawlessness still prevails in some sections of this part of the United States.
  • Skirmish at Camden, SC, as Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA, and Lieut. Gen. Wade Hampton, CSA, argue in writing over the murders of certain Union soldiers who were foraging. Hampton informs Sherman that he has ordered the death of all Federal soldiers caught burning the homes and properties of citizens of the Confederacy.

On This Day information kindly provided by Martin Cross, 2nd U.S. Artillery, Bty B.