Secessionists occupy a disused fort in Nebraska overnight but lose it to Unionists in the morning
02/18/1861 to 02/19/1861
"Old Fort Kearny" was a two story blockhouse along the Platte River near Nebraska City that the army had abandoned in 1848 for a newer and more useful site. Secessionists reportedly occupied the empty structure on Monday night. They flew the Palmetto flag of South Carolina until enraged locals took back the fort the next morning and hoisted the Stars and Stripes in its place. No fighting or injuries were reported. (By John Osborne)
"Excitement at Nebraska City," New York Times, February 21, 1861, p. 1.