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The Trail of Tears

20 February 1832  

On this date in 1832...

After suffering floods, cold weather, and mud, Choctaw Chief, Peter Pitchlynn, and his surviving followers, arrived in Fort Smith, Arkansas on the Trail of Tears

Aaron Burr Arrested

19 February 1807  

On this date in 1807...

U.S. Vice-President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama for treason in a plot to steal and become dictator of a large swath of the Louisiana Purchase.

The Davis Inauguration

18 February 1861  

On this date in 1861...

Jefferson Davis took the oath as provisional president of the Confederate States of America at his inauguration in Montgomery, Alabama.

  • Other Years:

  • 1685 - Fort St.

They Created a Desert and Called It Peace

17 February 1865  

On this date in 1865...

Federal General William Tecumseh Sherman, after taking Columbia, South Carolina, allowed his drunken troops to burn almost the entire city to the ground. None of the

Women’s Education

16 February 1838  

On this date in 1838...

Kentucky passed a law permitting women to attend school under certain conditions.

Other Years:

  • 1804 - Maryland-native Lt. Stephen Decatur led a raid to burn the

The Peace Commision

15 February 1861  

On this date in 1861...

The Confederate Provisional Congress created a Peace Commission to negotiate with the U.S. Government and avoid an unwanted war. President Davis chose Martin J. Crawford of

Battle of Kettle Creek

14 February 1779  

On this date in 1779...

A Patriot force led by Andrew Pickens and Elijah Clarke defeated North Carolina Tories at the Battle of Kettle Creek, Georgia.

Other Years:

  • 1855 -

The James-Younger Gang

13 February 1866  

On this date in 1866...

Jesse James, Frank James, and Cole Younger were suspects in the first daylight armed bank robbery in the United States during peacetime. The target,

Georgia Colony Founded

12 February 1733 

On this date in 1733...

James Oglethorpe and his colonists first landed at Yamacraw Bluff to found the British colony of Georgia at the site of present-day Savannah, Georgia.

Other Years:

  • 1825

The Longest Walk

11 February 1978  

On this date in 1978...

The "longest walk" began at Alcatraz Island, CA and went to Washington DC to protest U.S. government treatment of Indians. A portion of the route mirrored

The Treaty of Paris

10 February 1763 

On this date in 1763...

The Treaty of Paris, "The definitive Treaty of Peace and Friendship between his Britannick Majesty, the Most Christian King, and the King of Spain” was signed

President Davis

9 February 1861 

On this date in  1861...

Mexican War hero, former Secretary of War, and U.S. Senator Jefferson Davis of Mississippi was elected by the provisional Confederate government as President and Alexander Stephens as

Confederate Constitution Day

8 February 1861 

On this date in 1861...

Representatives of the assembled Southern states at Mongomery, Alabama adopted the Provisional Confederate States Constitution. This date became known as Confederate Constitution Day.

Other Years:

  • 1693


7 February 1812 

On this date in 1812...

An 8.0 magnitude earthquake destroyed New Madrid, Missouri  and heavily damaged St. Louis.  A large section of land in Northwestern Tennessee sank and the Mississippi River

France Enters the War

6 February 1778 

On this date in 1778...

France formalized its commitment to helping the American colonies defeat Great Britain by signing of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance.


5 February 1861 

On this date in 1861...

The provisional Confederate Congress passed a resolution to form the Confederate States of America.

Other Years:

  • 1736 - Methodists John and Charles Wesley arrived in Savannah,

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