Tuesday, October 1, 1861

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Army Events:

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.)


Naval Events:

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 . . ."

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."

(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.)


Additional Information:

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.)




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