1861 February 5th

February 5 1861 Tuesday

Alabama. Plans continued in Montgomery for the inauguration of the new government of the Confederate States of America.

District of Columbia. A Peace Convention headed by former President John Tyler of Virginia continued in its aim of proposing amendments to the Constitution and finding a compromise to end the secession crisis.

Kentucky. The Kentucky House passed the Senate’s resolutions of 2nd February 1861.

Louisiana. Louisiana Senators withdrew from the US Congress along with the state’s Representatives, except for John E Bouligny.

Oregon Territory. Reconnaissance to Willow Creek began. US Army scouts departed from Walla Walla in Washington Territory and from Fort Dallas in Oregon Territory and headed from the UmatillaRiver, Willow Creek, and Butter Creek.

Texas. Pro-Confederate authorities appointed a commission to confer with the US officer commanding the military department of Texas about the transfer of military posts and property.

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 Pacific: Albert Sidney Johnston
    • District of Oregon: George Wright
  • Department of the East: John Ellis Wool
  • Department of New Mexico: Thomas T Fauntleroy
  • Department of Texas: David Emanuel Twiggs
  • Department of Utah: Philip St George Cooke
  • Department of the West: William Selby Harney

Confederate Organisation

Provisional President Thomas Howell Cobb

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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