1861 February 11th

February 11 1861 Monday

USA. Abraham Lincoln departed Springfield, Illinois, for Washington, DC, to assume the office of President of the United States. He spent twelve days on the tour, giving twenty major speeches at destinations across the Northern states. He never visited his home town again.

USA. US Commander John Adolphus Bernard Dahlgren USN urged the US Congress to approve the building of more modern gun sloops and an iron-cased armoured warship.

Mississippi. Jefferson Finis Davis left his plantation at Brierfield to be inaugurated as President of the Confederate States of America at Montgomery, Alabama.

Union Organisation

Commander in Chief: President James Buchanan

Vice-President: John Cabell Breckinridge

Secretary of War: Joseph Holt

Secretary of the Navy: Isaac Toucey

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 Pacific: Albert Sidney Johnston

  • District of Oregon: George Wright

Department of the East: John Ellis Wool

Department of New Mexico: Thomas Turner Fauntleroy

Department of Texas: David Emanuel Twiggs

Department of Utah: Philip St George Cooke

Department of the West: William Selby Harney

Confederate Organisation

President: Thomas Howell Cobb (interim)

Vice-President: Alexander Hamilton Stephens

Union Generals

Major-General USA

Winfield Scott

Brigadier-General USA

John Ellis Wool
David Emanuel Twiggs
William Selby Harney

Brigadier-General USA (Staff)

Joseph Eggleston Johnston

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