1861 January 4th

January 4 1861 Friday

Alabama. The US Arsenal at Mount Vernon in Mobile was seized by Alabama state troops on orders from Governor A B Moore. The Arsenal was commanded by Ordnance Captain Jesse Lee Reno USA and held a stock of 20,000 arms, 1,500 barrels of gun powder (150,000 pounds), several cannons, and a large quantity of munitions.

South Carolina. The South Carolina convention appointed T J Withers, L M Keitt, W W Boyce, James Chesnut, R B Rhett, R W Barnwell, and C G Memminger, as delegates to the convention of Southern states.

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 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

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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