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THE CIVIL WAR AT 155 YEARS
(from CivilWarMonths.com):

1861:

McClellan Refuses to Divulge His Plans
13 January - General-in-Chief George B. McClellan defended his military strategy to increasingly skeptical politicians and subordinates...


Stanton Replaces Cameron
11 January - President Lincoln responded to the swelling charges of corruption in the War Department by firing Secretary of War Simon Cameron...


The Middle Creek Engagement
10 January - A skirmish erupted in the continuing Federal effort to secure southeastern Kentucky...


Coastal Operations: Farragut Appointed
9 January - U.S. Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles appointed David G. Farragut to be the flag officer of the new West Gulf Blockading Squadron...


The End of the Trent Affair
8 January - The government of Great Britain received the official news that the U.S. would release Confederate envoys James Mason and John Slidell, thus averting an international crisis...


The Roanoke Island Campaign
5 January - Federal forces embarked on a joint army-navy operation to capture a key point on the North Carolina coast...


The Romney Campaign: Bath and Hancock
1 January - Major General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s Confederate army began moving out of winter quarters at Winchester toward the Potomac River as part of Jackson’s plan to capture Romney...


The End of 1861
31 December - The year closed with southerners optimistic about gaining independence and northerners pessimistic about preserving the Union...


The Romney Campaign
31 December - Major General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson issued orders for his Confederate forces to begin marching on New Year’s Day. Only Jackson knew that they would be embarking on a grueling campaign to capture Romney in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley...


The Northern Financial Crisis
30 December - The leading banks of New York, Boston, and Philadelphia suspended specie payments (i.e., exchanging paper money for gold or silver) due to depleted reserves. This suspension thrust the northern states into a financial crisis...







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