1861 January 24th

January 24 1861 Thursday

Georgia. The state of Georgia elected delegates to the Southern Congress at Montgomery, Alabama.

Georgia. The US Arsenal in Augusta was seized by 700 men of the 1st Georgia Militia led by Colonel Alexander Robert Lawton. The Arsenal contained two 12-pound howitzers, two other cannons, 22,000 muskets and rifles, and large stores of powder and artillery ammunition.

Virginia. Reinforcements for the Federal garrison at Fort Pickens, Florida, set sail from Fort Monroe.

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 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: David Emanuel Twiggs

Department of Utah: Philip St George Cooke

Department of the West: William Selby Harney

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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