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February 28, 1818 New York passes a bill requiring state banks to pay debt in United States notes or specie (hard currency). New York
  Panic of 1819
February 28, 1821 House passes the public land debt relief bill. Most of the opposition comes from the North, where few had engaged in the speculation that created the problem
February 28, 1825 Quincy Adams Gillmore born, Lorain County, Ohio.
  Quincy A. Gillmore
February 28, 1827 The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad is chartered
  Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
February 28, 1859 Arkansas passes legislation requiring free blacks to chose between exile or slavery Arkansas
February 28, 1861 North Carolina voters reject the call for a secessionist convention by 651 votes. North Carolina
February 28, 1862 Ford closes the theater for renovation
  Ford's Theater
February 28, 1862
April 8, 1862
The Battle of New Madrid / Island No. 10

After withdrawing from New Madrid Confederates control Island No. 10, blocking shipping on the Mississippi. Over 5,000 Confederate soldiers on the island surrender to Major General John Pope on April 8.
  John Pope
February 28, 1863 At Ft. McAllister, federal gunships including the ironclad U. S. S. Montauk moved up the Ogeechee River to destroy the Rattlesnake, a Confederate privateer also known as the Nashville before it was decommissioned Georgia
  Fort McAllister
February 28, 1863 Work begins on rebuilding Ford's Theater after a fire
  Ford's Theater

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
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