1861 January 7th

January 7 1861 Monday

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Alabama. The Alabama state convention met to discuss matters of secession.

Florida. The Florida state convention received Commissioners from South Carolina and Alabama.

Florida. The US Arsenal and Fort Marion at St Augustine were seized by Florida state troops.

Georgia. The US Arsenal at Chattahoochee was seized by the state authorities with 500,000 rounds of musket cartridges, 300,000 rifle cartridges, and 50,000 pounds of gunpowder but no arms.

Mississippi. The Mississippi state convention met to discuss matters of secession.

New Mexico Territory. Fort Fauntleroy was abandoned.

Tennessee. The Tennessee legislature met to discuss matters of secession.

Virginia. The Virginia state legislature met to discuss matters of secession.

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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