February 14, 1864
---Sherman’s Federal troops march into the city of Meridian, Mississippi, in one of the most significant campaigns of the war that does not result in a major battle. Sherman gives orders for the destruction of all railroads north, east, south, and west leading out of the town. He orders the Confederate barracks, gun works, and various machine shops put to the torch.
(Source: Civil War Daily Gazette, http://civilwardailygazette.com/2014/02/14/12277/)
---The Richmond Daily Gazette publishes a story about the arrest of three men who are accused of helping Confederate Army deserters to escape north to Union lines from Richmond.
---A detachment of U.S. troops from the 40th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment marches into Gainesville, Florida, and takes possession of the town.