February 20, 1862 – President and Mrs. Lincoln’s 12-year-old son died of what doctors called “bilious,” or typhoid, fever. William Wallace “Willie” Lincoln had been
February 16, 1862 – Federals scored their greatest victory of the war up to this time, generating a new northern military hero. Late on the
February 5, 1862 – First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln held a grand ball for 500 guests at the White House, despite the continuing war. Mrs.
February 3, 1862 – Federal General-in-Chief George B. McClellan submitted a 22-page report arguing in favor of his plan to move the Army of the
January 31, 1862 – President Lincoln followed up General War Order No. 1 by implicitly notifying General-in-Chief George B. McClellan that the order also applied
January 28, 1862 – Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton issued orders to arrest Brigadier General Charles P. Stone for his role in the Ball’s