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Delmarva History In February

February 2, 1781
Maryland became the 13th state to approve the ratification of the Articles of Confederation.

February 3, 1913
Delaware became the 36th state to ratify 16th Amendment to U.S. Constitution allowing for the collection of a federal income tax, which was the number of states needed to make it official.

February 5, 1813
Chesapeake Bay under British blockade attempting to prevent local privateers from attacking British merchant vessels.

February 5, 1862
The "Eastern Shore Refugees" were organized by Captain John H. White in Norfolk, Virginia. Almost 80 men, from Accomack and Northampton counties, first served with the Confederate Army at New Church until the Union occupied Virginia's Eastern Shore when they fled Delmarva and joined up with Confederate forces across the Chesapeake.

February 5, 6, & 10, 2010
The Great Blizzards of 2010 dump over two feet of snow on most of Delmarva.

February 8, 1976
Heiress Louisa d'Andelot Carpenter died in a crash of her private plane near her Easton, Maryland, farm at the age of 68.

February 7, 1815
A British raiding party from the warship HMS Dauntless was stopped on Slaughter Creek by ice flows with seven stolen sheep and two captured house servants from local farms. Private Joseph Stewart and a company from the 48th Maryland Militia engaged the crew of the ship in gun fire and after two hours captured her.

February 10, 1972
Earth tremor at Wilmington, Delaware, felt as far as Elkton, Maryland.

February 12, 1865
Henry Highland Garnet was the first black minister to preach to Congress. He was a Kent County, Maryland native and a former slave.

February 14, 1818
Abolitionist Frederick Douglass was born a slave at Holmes Hill Farm, near Easton, Maryland. His actual birth date was not recorded. He is said to have adopted this date because his mother called him "my little valentine".

February 16, 1804
Lieutenant Stephen Decatur (& Berlin, Maryland native), leads a raid of volunteers from frigate Constitution and schooner Enterprise, burned the captured frigate Philadelphia in Tripoli Harbor.

February 16, 1669
Dorchester County, Maryland established.

February 18, 1662
Talbot County, Maryland established.

February 19, 1957
The Holland Island Bar lighthouse, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland was accidently hit by three Navy aircraft performing night target practice.

February 21, 1882
Sloop Dauntless wrecked near Chincoteague, Virginia in foul weather.

February 22, 1892
Spanish steamship San Albano ran aground on the outer shoals of Hog Island, Virginia.

February 22, 1900
Nathaniel Hopkins passed away. He was known affectionately in Talbot County as "Uncle Nace". After serving in the Civil War he helped organize other newly freed blacks in southern Talbot County and was instrumental in setting up their first school.

Wildlife In Season

This is month to look for all the many migrating ducks, mergansers, and geese that visit our region's bays and marshes. Sparrows, finches, juncos, chickadees, and towhees are still at our feeders. Snow Geese, starlings, kestrel and other raptors can be seen in local fields. And, it's National Wild Bird-Feeding Month!

Delmarva's Night Sky

This is month to look for all the many migrating ducks, mergansers, and geese that visit our region's bays and marshes. Sparrows, finches, juncos, chickadees, and towhees are still at our feeders. Snow Geese, starlings, kestrel and other raptors can be seen in local fields. And, it's National Wild Bird-Feeding Month!

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