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February 25, 1861 President-Elect Lincoln meets with both houses of Congress
  Abraham Lincoln
February 25, 1861 The Saratoga, a ship in the U. S. African Squadron, captures the sloop Express, a slave ship
February 25, 1862 "Bull" Nelson enters Nashville, Tennessee, first Confederate state capital to fall into Union hands. Don Carlos Buell accepts the city's surrender. Nathan Bedford Forrest provides a rear guard for Hardee's Army of Central Kentucky as it withdraws to Alabama. Tennessee
  Don Carlos Buell
  Nathan Bedford Forrest
  William Hardee
  Fall of Nashville, February, 1862
  William 'Bull' Nelson
  John Floyd
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February 25, 1863 Major General Daniel Harvey Hill [CS] assumes command of all North Carolina forces North Carolina
  Daniel Harvey Hill
February 25, 1865 Joe Johnston assumes command of the Confederate Army in North Carolina North Carolina
  Joseph E. Johnston
February 25, 1870 Hiram R. Revels takes his seat in the Senate from the state of Mississippi. Revels is black Mississippi
February 25, 1897 Congress issues its final report on the Ford's Theater disaster

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June 15, 1864
April 2, 1865
Siege of Petersburg Virginia
  Robert E. Lee
  P. G. T. Beauregard
  Army of Northern Virginia
  Ulysses S. Grant
  Siege of Petersburg
April 12, 1861
May 10, 1865
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February 4, 1861
February 27, 1861
Washington Peace Conference (also called Convention or Congress)
  Felix Zollicoffer
  Salmon P. Chase
  John Tyler
  Washington Peace Convention
February 22, 1864
February 26, 1864
Battle of Dalton (First Dalton)

General George Thomas [US] demonstrates against Joe Johnston's [CS] entrenched line
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  Joseph E. Johnston
  George Thomas
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