Tensions near their breaking point in Charleston, causing Major Robert Anderson to make a fateful decision that threatened to start a war.
Various opinions are offered on secession, while the U.S. military faces the fact that it is completely unprepared for any kind of armed conflict.
The Florida legislature kicks off the month by meeting in special session to consider seceding from the Union. Other states would soon follow.
February 5, 1863 – Major General Joseph Hooker worked to reorganize and revitalize the demoralized Federal Army of the Potomac. Hooker began the main part