1861 January 26th

January 26 1861 Saturday

Louisiana Seceded

Alabama. Alabama commissioners were appointed to negotiate with the US government with regard to the transfer of possession of US forts, arsenals and other facilities in the state.

Georgia. Georgia state forces occupied Fort Jackson and Oglethorpe Barracks under the orders of Governor Joseph E Brown.

Louisiana. The state of Louisiana passed the Ordinance of Secession by a vote of 113 to 17. The Louisiana Convention refused to submit the Ordinance to the people and Louisiana seceded directly from the Union. Louisiana became the sixth state to secede from the Union.

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: 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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