Thursday, February 23
Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard issued a proclamation urging the residents of Charlotte, North Carolina to volunteer their slave labor to “destroy and obstruct” roads to the city. 596 more words
February 23, 1865 – Minnesota became the 15th state to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution permanently abolishing slavery.
On February 1, the day after Congress passed this new amendment, President Abraham Lincoln signed a congressional joint resolution submitting the proposed measure to the state legislatures for ratification. 541 more words
January 31, 1865 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a constitutional amendment permanently abolishing slavery in America.
The amendment had passed the Senate in 1864 but failed to garner the necessary two-thirds majority to pass the House. 884 more words