January 11 1861 Friday
USA. US Secretary of the Treasury Philip F Thomas from Maryland resigned, completing the withdrawal of Southern sympathisers from President James Buchanan’s cabinet. Thomas resigned because of differences with the President and a majority of the Cabinet, “in the measures which have been adopted in reference to the recent condition of things in South Carolina,” especially “touching the authority, under existing laws, to enforce the collection of the customs at the port of Charleston”.
USA. John Adams Dix of New York was appointed to replace Philip F Thomas as US Secretary of the Treasury.
Alabama. The state of Alabama passed the Ordinance of Secession in secret session in Montgomery by a vote of 61 to 39. A proposition to submit the ordinance to the people lost and Alabama seceded directly from the Union. Alabama was the fourth state after South Carolina, Mississippi, ad Florida to secede.
Louisiana. Fort Jackson and Fort St Phillip at the mouth of the Mississippi River, and the US Marine Hospital near New Orleans. were seized by Louisiana state troops under the order of Governor Thomas O Moore.
Mississippi. The Mississippi River was blocked at Vicksburg by the deployment of a Mississippi State artillery battery.
South Carolina. Governor Francis W Pickens demanded the surrender of Fort Sumter but this demand was refused by the fort’s commander, US Army Major Robert Anderson.
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 California: Benjamin Lloyd Beall temporary
Department of the East: John Ellis Wool
Department of New Mexico: Thomas Turner Fauntleroy
Department of Oregon: George Wright
Department of Texas: David Emanuel Twiggs
Department of Utah: Philip St George Cooke
Department of the West: William Selby Harney
John Ellis Wool
David Emanuel Twiggs
William Selby Harney
Brigadier-General USA (Staff)
Joseph Eggleston Johnston