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 the beleaguered garrison at Fort Sumter. Secretary of the Treasury Salmon Portland Chase and Secretary of State William Henry Seward opposed the move unless Fort Pickens was also reinforced. Seward even made unauthorised 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 but 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.
Commander in Chief: President Abraham Lincoln
Vice-President: Hannibal Hamlin
Secretary of War: Simon Cameron
Secretary of the Navy: Gideon Welles
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 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
CSA: Confederate Colonel Abraham Charles Myers was appointed as Acting Quartermaster General of the Confederate Army.
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
John Ellis Wool
David Emanuel Twiggs
Brigadier-General USA (Staff)
Joseph Eggleston Johnston
Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard