April 11 1861 Thursday
Fort Sumter Operations
District of Columbia. The members of the Confederate Peace Commission to Washington left the capital.
New York. The US steamship Coatzacoalcos docked in New York, bringing Union troops expelled from the Union garrisons in Texas.
South Carolina. Brigadier-General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard demanded the surrender of Fort Sumter in the name of the Confederate Government, Beauregard dispatched three aides including Colonel James Chesnut Jr, Captain Stephen Dill Lee, and Lieutenant A R Chisholm to Fort Sumter to issue his final ultimatum. The Union garrison commander Major Robert Anderson refused again although he was aware that he could only endure a few more days unless he received supplies by sea. He was playing for time but Beauregard was authorised by the CS Secretary of War, Leroy Pope Walker to commence firing on the fort if an immediate surrender was not forthcoming. The three aides left Fort Sumter for Fort Johnson at about 3 am on 12 April 1861, and Colonel Chesnut reported to Beauregard that the ultimatum would not be complied with.
Virginia. Commander James Alden USN was ordered to take command of USS Merrimack which was undergoing repair in the Norfolk Navy Yard. Chief Engineer Benjamin Isherwood was sent the next day to put the ship’s engines in working order to permit its evacuation to a Northern port.
Commander in Chief: President Abraham Lincoln
Vice-President: Hannibal Hamlin
Secretary of War: Simon Cameron
Secretary of the Navy: Gideon Welles
African Squadron: William Inman
Brazil Squadron: Joshua Ratoon Sands
East Indian (Asiatic) Squadron: Cornelius Kinchiloe Stribling
European Squadron: vacant
Home Squadron: Garrett J Prendergast
Mediterranean Squadron: Charles H Bell
Pacific Squadron: John Berrien Montgomery
General–in-Chief: Winfield Scott
Department of the East: John Ellis Wool
Department of New Mexico: William Wing Loring
Department of the Pacific: Albert Sidney Johnston interim Edwin Vose Sumner awaited
- District of Oregon: George Wright
Department of Texas: Carlos Adolphus Waite
Department of Utah: Philip St George Cooke
Department of Washington: Charles Ferguson Smith
Department of the West: William Selby Harney
CSA: The Department of Texas was established.
CSA: Colonel Earl Van Dorn was appointed to command the Department of Texas, arriving on 21 April 1861.
Commander in Chief: President Jefferson Finis Davis
Vice-President: Alexander Hamilton Stephens
Secretary of War: Leroy Pope Walker
Secretary of the Navy: Stephen Russell Mallory
Department of Louisiana: David Emanuel Twiggs
- “Forces in New Orleans” “Army of Louisiana”: Braxton Bragg
Department of South Carolina: Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard
- “Forces in Charleston”: Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard
Department of Texas established: Earl Van Dorn awaited
Department of West Florida: Braxton Bragg
- “Forces in Pensacola”: Braxton Bragg
Forces in Harper’s Ferry”: Kenton Harper
John Ellis Wool
William Selby Harney
Edwin Vose Sumner
Brigadier-General USA (Staff)
Joseph Eggleston Johnston
David Emanuel Twiggs
Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard