The Confederate Constitution is adopted. President-elect Lincoln meanwhile is entertaining visitors, including Horace Greeley, at his home in Springfield. He has made no comment on the secessions or other issues. [NYT, p. 1]


Confederate forces burn three of their own steamers at the mouth of the Duck River to prevent their capture.

Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston orders a Confederate retreat from southwestern Kentucky.

“Great apprehension for the safety of Nashville.” [Lindsley]


Feb 4-7

Series of skirmishes near Murfreesboro. The Army of the Cumberland is still occupying Murfreesboro and the surrounding area, as its mechanics and engineers work to repair roads and bridges. They face constant attacks from Wheeler, Forrest, and Starns. “Contrabands – deserters from Forrest – say that he intends fortifying Columbia, and also to make a dash on Nashville during some of our nights of darkness.” [New York Times, Feb. 5]