May 7 1861 Tuesday
Virginia admitted to Confederacy
Camp Jackson Operations
CSA. George T Sinclair became the Confederate Naval Agent in Europe, serving in that post until 28 April 1865.
Alabama. The Union blockading force captured the Confederate steamers Dick Keyes and Lewis near Mobile.
Kentucky. Union Major Robert Anderson, the erstwhile Union commander of Fort Sumter, accepted a commission as Major-General of the Kentucky Militia.
Maryland. The railroad routes were restored between Philadelphia and Harrisburg in Pennsylvania with Washington, DC, via Baltimore through Maryland, and normal traffic was restored to the capital after a period of disruption by pro-Confederate militants.
Tennessee. The Tennessee state legislature entered into a “military league” with the Confederate States after announcing its secession on 6 May 1861. The secession was ratified by the popular mandate on 24 June 1861. Tennessee was not admitted to the Confederacy until 17 May 1861. Serious riots occurred in Knoxville after the raising of a United States’ flag with one rioter killed and many others injured.
Texas. The former US Army garrison of Fort Davis was made prisoner by 1,800 Confederates near Eastonville. The 11 officers and 300 men refused an invitation to enlist with the Confederacy.
Virginia. Virginia was admitted to the Confederate States of America after announcing its secession on 17 April 1861.
Virginia. Virginia State troops occupied Arlington Heights on the south bank of the Potomac River, overlooking Washington, DC.
Virginia. USS Yankee, Lieutenant Thomas O Selfridge, was fired on by Confederate batteries at Gloucester Point.
Commander in Chief: President Abraham Lincoln
Vice-President: Hannibal Hamlin
Secretary of War: Simon Cameron
Secretary of the Navy: Gideon Welles
Coast Blockading Squadron: Silas Horton Stringham
Gulf Blockading Squadron: William Mervine
Pacific Squadron: John Berrien Montgomery
Potomac Flotilla: James Harmon Ward
General–in-Chief: Winfield Scott
Department of Annapolis: Benjamin Franklin Butler awaited
Department of the East: John Ellis Wool
Department of Florida: Harvey Brown
Department of New Mexico: Vacant
Department of the Ohio: George Brinton McClellan awaited
Department of the Pacific: Edwin Vose Sumner
- District of Oregon: George Wright
Department of Pennsylvania: Robert Patterson
Department of Texas: Vacant
Department of Utah: Philip St George Cooke
Department of Washington: Joseph King Fenno Mansfield
Department of the West: Edmund Brooke Alexander temporary
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 Alexandria: Philip St George Cocke
- Alexandria Line: Philip St George Cocke
Department of North Carolina: Theophilus Hunter Holmes
- Defences of North Carolina: Theophilus Hunter Holmes
Department of South Carolina: Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard
- “Forces in Charleston”: Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard
Department of Texas: Earl Van Dorn
Department of West Florida: Braxton Bragg
- “Forces in Pensacola”: Braxton Bragg
District of Louisiana: David Emanuel Twiggs
- “Forces in New Orleans” “Army of Louisiana”: Braxton Bragg
Defences of Savannah: Alexander Robert Lawton
Potomac Line: Daniel Ruggles
Forces in Harper’s Ferry”: Thomas Jonathan Jackson
“Forces in Norfolk”: Walter Gwynn
Forces in Richmond: Joseph Eggleston Johnston
Forces in the Kanawha Valley: Christopher Quarles Tompkins
John Ellis Wool
William Selby Harney
Edwin Vose Sumner
Note: Italics, awaiting confirmation of the commission
David Emanuel Twiggs
Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard
Alexander Robert Lawton
Milledge Lake Bonham