On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag February 11, 1790 - Benjamin Franklin presents a petition to the U. S. House asking that the importation of slaves be stopped immediately. It is the first petition to the House under the newly enacted First Amendment to the Constitution. February 11, 1811 - Alexander Stephens is born in a cabin on the Piedmont in Warren County, Georgia. February 11, 1812 - Benjamin Franklin Sands, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in Baltimore, MD. (d. 1883) February 11, 1829 - William Anderson Pile, American politician, minister, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1889) February 11, 1840 - Samuel Dana Greene, Lt Cmdr (Union Navy), born in Cumberland, MD. (d. 1884) February 11, 1861 - As President-elect Abraham Lincoln begins his journey to Washington D. C. from Springfield, Illinois, President-elect Jefferson Davis journeys from Vicksburg, Mississippi to Montgomery, Alabama to accept the Presidency of the Confederate States. February 11, 1861 - The Electoral College begins to meet amid fears of a show of force against the election of Abraham Lincoln. General Winfield Scott reinforces the city and the meeting occurs as planned. Vice-president John C. Breckinridge declares Lincoln the winner of the Election of 1860. February 11, 1861 - US House unanimously passes resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state February 11, 1862 - Bowling Green, KY, is evacuated by the Confederates, as Brig. Gen. John McClernand, USA, under Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, move from Fort Henry (Foote), TN, while Union gunboats move toward Fort Donelson, TN. February 11, 1862 - Operations at Arkansas Pass, TX, by Maj. Daniel D. Shea, CSA. (Feb 11-13) February 11, 1863 - Brig. Gen. Rufus Saxton of the Union army in Beaufort, South Carolina, writes a report on the conduct of Col. Thomas Wentworth Higginson’s new black regiment, the 1st So. Carolina Volunteers (U.S.) February 11, 1863 - This week Samuel Boykin, editor of Georgia Baptists’ Christian Index, speaks harshly of the growing problem of Confederate Army deserters. February 11, 1864 - Skirmish at Lake City, FL, with Brig. Gen. Truman Seymour, USA. February 11, 1864 - Skirmishes near Madisonville, LA, with loss of life. February 11, 1864 - Affair at Raiford's Plantation, near Byhalia, MS, the Meridian, MS, Expedition. February 11, 1864 - Brig. Gen. William Sooy Smith's, USA, Cavalry finally advances from Collierville, near Memphis, TN, on his way to join up with Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, the Meridian, MS, Expedition. February 11, 1864 - Federal descent upon Lamar, TX. February 11, 1864 - Brig. Gen. H. W. Gilmore's raid of Confederate irregulars on the Baltimore and the Ohio Railroad, at Brown's Shop, between Kearneysville and Duffield's Depot, WV, succeed in derailing the express passenger train west and robbing the crew and passengers. February 11, 1865 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing. February 11, 1865 - Skirmish at Clear Creek, AR. February 11, 1865 - Skirmish near Pine Bluff, AR. February 11, 1865 - Action near Sugar Loaf, NC. February 11, 1865 - Action at Aiken, SC, as Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA, reaches the Augusta and Charleston Railroad, now in a position to attack the Confederates at Augusta, GA, and/or the Charleston, SC, vicinity. February 11, 1865 - February 11, 1865 - Attack on Battery Simkins, SC. February 11, 1865 - February 11, 1865 - Action at Johnson's Station, SC. February 11, 1865 - Skirmishes about Orangeburg, SC. (Feb 11-12) February 11, 1865 - Federal expedition from Bermuda Hundred to Fearnsville and to Smithfield, VA, finds no Confederate resistance of any kind in this area. (Feb 11-15) February 11, 1865 - Affair at Williamsburg, VA, as the Rebel Cavalry forces, dressed in Union garb, attack the Union picket-post and charge upon the reserves, inflicting casualties, receiving some in return. February 11, 1878 - Gideon Welles, 24th U.S. secretary of the navy under presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, dies at 75 in Hartford, CT.