Thursday, August 1, 1861

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Army Events:

Operation: Big Sandy Region, WV August 1, 1861 - March 17, 1862
Skirmish: Edina, MO August 1, 1861
Operation: Fort Bliss, TX August 1861
Operation: Tennessee River July 1 - November 19, 1861



Appointment: Arnold Elzey, CSA, to Brigadier General
Appointment: General Robert E. Lee, CSA, is ordered, by Confederate President Jefferson Davis, to take command of the Confederate forces in western Virginia, after their recent defeat at Carrick's Ford. Lee replaces Brigadier General William W. Loring.
Appointment: Lawrence Pike Graham, USA, to Brigadier General

(Source: Compendium of the War of the Rebellion Vol. I, p. 660-991. Frederick H. Dyer; The Chronological Tracking Of The American Civil War Per The Offical Records Of The War of the Rebellion pp. 1-336. Ronald A. Mosocco.)


Naval Events:

President Lincoln appointed Gustavus V. Fox Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Fox, the energetic ex-naval officer who had led the unsuccessful Fort Sumter expedition in April, became Secretary Welles' right hand man in the Department. His large acquaintance among naval officers and forthright, "unofficial" style made him a useful troubleshooter. By the informal correspondence which he elicited from the chief naval commanders, the Navy Department was able to keep in intimate touch with problems in the several squadrons.

(Source: Civil War Naval Chronology 1861-1865. pp. I:1-41; II:1-117; III:1-170; IV:1-152; V:1-134. 1971: Naval History Division, Navy Department.)





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