1861 February 21st

February 21 1861 Thursday

CSA. The Confederate Cabinet was chosen at Montgomery, Alabama. President Jefferson Finis Davis proposed the following members, seeking to represent all of the seceded states:

Judah Philip Benjamin, Louisiana – Attorney General
Stephen Russell Mallory, Florida – Secretary of Navy
Christopher G Memminger, South Carolina – Secretary of the Treasury
John H Reagan, Texas – Postmaster General
Robert Augustus Toombs, Georgia – Secretary of State
Leroy Pope Walker, Alabama – Secretary of War

CSA. The Provisional Confederate Government authorised and established the creation of the War Department and the Navy Department to direct the military forces of the Army of the Confederate States.

Georgia. Three New York ships were seized at Savannah by order of the Georgia governor in retaliation against the confiscation of military cargo by New York state authorities in January.

Texas. Camp Cooper was abandoned by US troops.

Texas. The US post at Brazos Santiago was seized by Texas state forces.

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 USN: Captain William Inman USN
  • Brazil Squadron USN: Captain Joshua R Sands USN.
  • East Indian (Asiatic) Squadron USN: Captain Cornelius K Stribling USN
  • European Squadron USN: vacant
  • Home Squadron USN: Captain Garrett J Prendergast USN
  • Mediterranean Squadron USN: Captain Charles H Bell USN
  • Pacific Squadron USN: Captain John B Montgomery USN

General–in-Chief: Winfield Scott

  • Department of the East: John Ellis Wool
  • Department of New Mexico: Thomas Turner Fauntleroy interim, William Wing Loring awaited
  • Department of the Pacific: Albert Sidney Johnston
    • District of Oregon: George Wright
  • Department of Texas: Carlos Adolphus Waite temporary
  • Department of Utah: Philip St George Cooke
  • Department of the West: William Selby Harney

Confederate Organisation

President: Jefferson Finis Davis

Vice-President: Alexander Hamilton Stephens

Secretary of War: Leroy Pope Walker

Secretary of the Navy: Stephen Russell Mallory

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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