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February 17, 1819 After several days of sharp debate the House passes the Missouri statehood bill including both parts of the Tallmadge Amendment, marking the first legislation demanding the abolition of slavery. The act is sent to the Senate where the bill is never voted on. Missouri
  Missouri Compromise (Compromise of 1820)
  Civil War Firsts
  abolition
February 17, 1824 William Farrar Smith born, St. Albans, Vermont Vermont
  William Farrar Smith
February 17, 1862 General John Floyd arrives in Nashville after leaving Simon Bolivar Buckner to surrender at Fort Donalson
  John Floyd
  Simon Bolivar Buckner
  Fall of Nashville, February, 1862
February 17, 1863 West Virginia approves a revised state constitution West Virginia
February 17, 1863 General Grant rescinds the order halting publication of the Chicago Times as a "copperhead" paper
  Ulysses S. Grant
  copperhead
February 17, 1864 The CSS Hunley destroys the USS Housatonic with a torpedo in Charleston Harbor. The Housatonic sinks without a loss of life. The Hunley also sinks, killing 9 men South Carolina
  Civil War Firsts
February 17, 1865 Sherman captures Columbia. The city is burned, but responsibility for the blaze is still a "hotly" disputed topic. South Carolina
  William Tecumseh Sherman
February 17, 1865 Charleston is evacuated South Carolina

Ongoing on this day:
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
The American Civil War
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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
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