Confederate envoys try to garner foreign support as the U.S. State Department warns the foreign powers not to recognize Confederate independence.
Delegates to the Georgia State Convention at Milledgeville vote 208 to 89 in favor of seceding from the Union.
Several proposals to keep the Union intact are proposed, but none seem to be popular enough for both North and South to support.
The Florida legislature kicks off the month by meeting in special session to consider seceding from the Union. Other states would soon follow.
Southern states began taking steps toward leaving the Union, while some northerners began talking of keeping the South in the Union, even by force if necessary.
February 20, 1865 – The Confederate House of Representatives approved a measure allowing for the recruitment of slaves into the military. The “Negro Soldier Law”