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Confederate Congress adjourns; Lee, others made full general

In Washington, the Asst. Sec. of Navy Gustavus V. Fox and Gen. Benjamin Butler awaken President Lincoln late at night to inform him of the capture of Forts Hatteras and Clark, in North Carolina./1861In Richmond, Virginia, the Third Se...

Blockade runner caught off Charleston, SC

Image via WikipediaBrig. Gen. Roswell RipleyAt Richmond, Virginia, the Confederate War Department assigns Brigadier General Roswell S. Ripley, an Ohio native who spent his childhood in New York, to command the Department of South Carolina and...

State of Kanawha proposed; New CS diplomats approved

The pro-Union Second Wheeling Convention, the group of thirty-nine western Virginia counties which have seceded from the Commonwealth of Virginia, calls for the creation of the state of Kanawha. /1861President Jefferson Davis approves...

State of Kanawha proposed; Davis appoints 3 new diplomats

The pro-Union Second Wheeling Convention, the group of thirty-nine western Virginia counties which have seceded from the Commonwealth of Virginia, calls for the creation of the state of Kanawha. /1861President Jefferson Davis approves...

Confederate alliance with Missouri; More newspapers seized

Confederate bondIn Charleston, Missouri, the Battle of Charleston (Bird's Point) is a minor clash in which Union forces led by Col. Henry Dougherty destroy a Confederate camp. This skirmish is the culmination of several skirmishes in the...

Martial law declared in St. Louis

Image via WikipediaThe odd bird John FremontUS General John Fremont declares martial law in St. Louis, Missouri. Fremont also orders two newspapers closed for allegedly pro-Southern editorials./1861 In Richmond, Jefferson Davis orders the...

Settlers declare Confederate Territory of Arizona

CS flag raised in Tucson, 3/28/1861In Richmond, Virginia, President Jefferson Davis calls a Cabinet meeting to decide what should be done about the atrocities committed by northern generals against Southern prisoners and civilians. Cabine...

Butler: "Make the runaways contraband"

Image via WikipediaR.M.T. HunterIn Richmond, Virginia, the Confederate Senate confirms Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter of Virginia as Secretary of State. R.M.T. Hunter is a former US Congressman (1837-1847), former Speaker of the House (183...

2nd Texas arrives at Mesilla; Wise evacuates Tyler Mountain

Image via WikipediaStonewall JacksonIn West Virginia, Union General Jacob Cox attacks Confederate forces under former Virginia Governor, General Henry Wise, at Tyler Mountain. Wise evacuates the area around Charleston, West Virginia an...

Armies mass at Manassas Junction

Image via WikipediaStone Bridge over Bull RunThird session of Confederate Congress convenes in Richmond, Virginia, having moved from Montgomery, Alabama. /1861 Around Manassas Junction, Virginia, troops begin to mass. US Gen. Irvi...

Manassas: Johnston arrives to reinforce Beauregard

Johnston's army arrives at ManassasUS Gen. Irvin McDowell reconnoiters Manassas, Virginia, and continues to probe Beauregard’s position ahead of an attack. Meanwhile, J.E. Johnston’s forces sneak away by train from Patterson in the...

Patterson maneuvers in western Virginia

R. PattersonUS Gen. Robert “Granny” Patterson leaves Martinsburg, (west) Virginia moving toward the Bunker Hill area, with small cavalry skirmishes during the day, but avoiding a general assault./1861All military forces, stores,...

Confederate treaty with Choctaws, Chickasaws

Image via WikipediaAlbert PikeThe Confederate government represented by Special Commissioner Albert Pike signs a treaty with the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations. By signing these treaties, the tribes severed their relationships with the...

Sibley to lead New Mexico "buffalo hunt"

Image via WikipediaH.H. SibleyFor several months, men known to be Southern sympathizers were invited to a “buffalo hunt” in West Texas, code language for an irregular military gathering to force the Union out of New Mexico. Eager t...

Diplomacy and the Confederate Navy

Image via WikipediaCdr. Raphael Semmes, CSNImage via WikipediaCienfuegos, CubaAt Cienfuegos, Cuba, the commander of the CSS Sumter, Raphael Semmes, has in less than a week captured seven United States shipping vessels. He attempts to d...

North Carolina adopts a state flag

In Raleigh, the North Carolina Secession Convention votes to adopt a state flag of a blue field with a white horizontal bar and a red vertical bar on the left side with an insignia star and two dates: May 20th, 1775 (Mecklenburg Declaration...

10K Feds advancing in Virginia; Beauregard: "Answer me!"

Image via WikipediaBG J.B. FloydIn western Virginia, Confederate Brigadier General John Buchanan Floyd, former Virginia Governor and Buchanan’s Secretary of War, sends dispatches to the Confederate Secretary of War, Leroy P. Walker i...

Tennessee people affirm secession > 2 to 1

The people of Tennessee in public referendum affirm the “Declaration of Independence and Ordinance dissolving the federal relations between the State of Tennessee and the United States of America” by a statewide vote of 108,33...

Financing the War North & South

In an effort to reassure Northern states worried about the cost of the war to their state treasuries and to help them adjust to the idea of the United States' first standing army (to invade other states, no less), Lincoln’s Cabinet...


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