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Operation: Big Sandy Region, WV August 1, 1861 - March 17, 1862 Skirmish: Butler, MO October 1, 1861 Operation: Camp Robledo, New Mexico Territory September 30 - October 7, 1861 Expedition to: Oak Grove, CA September 25 - October 5, 1861 Operation: Robledo Camp, New Mexico Territory September 30 - October 7, 1861 Expedition to: Temecula Ranch, CA September 25 - October 1, 1861 Operation: Tennessee River July 1 - November 19, 1861
Appointment: John Gray Foster, USA, to Brigadier General Appointment: James Scott Negley, USA, to Brigadier General Appointment: Lovell Harrison Rousseau, USA, to Brigadier General Appointment: Nelancthon Smith Wade, USA, to Brigadier General Appointment: Major General Benjamin F. Butler, USA, is given command of the newly created Department of New England
(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.)
Confederate naval forces, including C.S.S. Curlew, Raleigh, and Junaluska, under flag Officer William F. Lynch, CSN, captured steamer Fanny (later C.S.S. Fanny) in Pamlico Sound with Union troops on board. Colonel Claiborne Snead, CSA, reported: "The victory was important in more respects than one. It was our first naval success in North Carolina and the first capture made by our arms of an armed war-vessel of the enemy, and dispelled the gloom of recent disasters. The property captured [two rifled guns and large amount of army stores] was considerable, much needed, and highly esteemed . . ."(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.)
Secretary Welles, in a letter to Secretary Seward, opposed issuing letters of marque because it would be "a recognition of the assumption of the insurgents that they are a distinct and independent nationality."
The Confederate Council of War, attended by among others, President Jefferson Davis, General Joseph E. Johnston, General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, and Major General Gustavus W. Smith, CSA, meets at Centreville, Virginia, to discuss strategy for an offensive war in Virginia. No immediate action is decided at that time due to lack of proper readiness of men and material.
(Source: ; The Chronological Tracking Of The American Civil War Per The Offical Records Of The War of the Rebellion pp. 1-336. Ronald A. Mosocco.)