American Civil War High Command – What is here?

Chronology Day by Day:

This section has an entry for every day from 1st January 1861 to 31st August 1865, with a summary to 31st December 1865.

Each daily chronology lists the date and day; major incidents occurring on that day; major campaigns and operations ongoing at the time, events and incidents of international, national, state, and territorial; also, the high command organisation and order of seniority of general officers on that date.

Who was doing what, where, when and why?


This section lists each side’s general officers, with a record of appointments, promotions, and service of general officers.

Who became what and when.


This section is a list of the major territorial and field commands for each side.

What was the structure of high command?


This section describes the role of the Navies of each side, especially the evolution of Union naval commands.


I believe this blog will provide helpful information for all who are interested in the high commands of the American Civil War.

In a voluntary endeavour on this scale, there are sure to be occasional errors and omissions. I have attempted thorough fact-checking, but please report any omissions or errors on the Contact page.

I have drawn facts, information and opinions from a variety of sources, from published books and online sources, of varying reliability. I have not referenced sources but I have sought to achieve the best possible rigour and accuracy.

When selecting events and incidents for inclusion or exclusion, I have aimed to record any information that sets the evolution of military organisation and command in context.

When describing incidents I have sought for accuracy, impartiality, and clarity. I have sought to avoid controversy, whether political or historical, and aimed to state moderate, impartial, accepted, or standard interpretations of disputed events or facts. I accept responsibility for the interpretations and opinions I have expressed but am open to correction or amendment where sound historical evidence is shared.

The abbreviations, terminology, and information are intended to be readily understood by people familiar with the American Civil War. As an Englishman, other than for place names and proper names, I have used English orthography and grammar.

I welcome improvements, additions, corrections, clarifications, and suggestions within these parameters.

Ind the end, any errors are mine.

The author:

I have been exploring the American Civil War for many years. Please contact the author, John Easom, using the Contact Form.

Thank you to Paul Newton for advice and support in creating this resource.

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