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: 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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