1861 March 15th

March 15 1861 Friday

USA. After being asked their opinions by US President Abraham Lincoln, all of the cabinet members except for Montgomery Blair advised against the reinforcement of Fort Sumter. Secretary of the Treasury Salmon Portland Chase and Secretary of State William H Seward opposed the move unless Fort Pickens was also reinforced. Seward even made assurances to Governor Pickens of South Carolina that the fort would presently be surrendered to the state authorities. Advice from the Army recommended that a force of 20,000 men would be required to achieve a relief if required; that was a force far beyond Federal capacity. The Navy, on the other hand, reported that a re-supply expedition was a feasible option.

CSA: Confederate Colonel Abraham Myers was appointed Quarter-Master General of the Confederate Army.

CSA. The Confederate Congress authorised the construction of or purchase of ten gun-boats for service with the Confederate Navy.

Texas. Camp Wood was abandoned by US forces.

Union Organisation

Commander in Chief: President Abraham Lincoln

Vice-President: Hannibal Hamlin

Secretary of War: Simon Cameron

Secretary of the Navy: Gideon Welles

  • 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 T Fauntleroy interim, William Wing Loring awaited
  • Department of the Pacific: Albert Sidney Johnston
    • District of Oregon: George Wright
  • Department of Texas: Carlos Adolphus Waite
  • Department of Utah: Philip St George Cooke
  • Department of the West: William Selby Harney

Confederate Organisation

CSA: Confederate Colonel Abraham Charles Myers was appointed as Acting Quartermaster General of the Confederate Army.

Myers, Abraham Charles / Born 14 May 1811 Georgetown, South Carolina / Died Washington, District of Columbia 20 June 1889
USMA 1 July 1833 Infantry / Cadet USMA 1 July 1828 / 4th US Infantry 1 July 1833 / 2nd Lieutenant USA 31 December 1835 / 1st Lieutenant USA 6 September 1837 / Captain USA Assistant Quartermaster 21 November 1839 / Captain USA 4th US Infantry 16 February 1847 Vacated 16 February 1847 / Assistant Quartermaster USA 16 February 1847 / Resigned USA 28 January 1861 / Lieutenant-Colonel PACS Assistant Quartermaster 18 March 1861 / Acting Quartermaster-General 25 March 1861 / Quartermaster-General December 1861 / Colonel PACS Quartermaster-General 15 February 1862 / Brevet 2nd Lieutenant USA 1 July 1833 Brevet Major USA 9 May 1846 Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel USV 20 August 1847
Acting Quartermaster-General 25 March 1861-December 1861 / Quartermaster-General December 1861-10 August 1863

Commander in Chief: President Jefferson Finis Davis

Vice-President: Alexander Hamilton Stephens

Secretary of War: Leroy Pope Walker

Secretary of the Navy: Stephen Russell Mallory

  • “Department of Louisiana”: Braxton Bragg
    • “Forces in New Orleans” “Army of Louisiana”: Braxton Bragg
  • Department of South Carolina: Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard
    • “Forces in Charleston”: Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard
  • Department of West Florida: Braxton Bragg
    • “Forces in Pensacola”: Braxton Bragg

Union Generals

Major-General USA

Winfield Scott

Brigadier-General USA

John Ellis Wool
David Emanuel Twiggs

Brigadier-General USA (Staff)

Joseph Eggleston Johnston

 Confederate Generals

Brigadier-General ACSA

Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard
Braxton Bragg

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