January 2 – Confederate General Patrick R. Cleburne – “Stonewall of the West” – proposes freeing slaves and arming them to fight for the South. This sets off a fire-storm among some southern military leaders and arguably costs Cleburne future promotions. Confederate Congress will eventually approve using blacks to fight for Confederacy in March 1865.

For a complete timeline of the American Civil War see the Civil War Gazette’s timeline here.