Abraham Lincoln revokes David Hunter’s order freeing all slaves in his military department. But Lincoln also declared for the first time that he had the power to free slaves as a wartime necessity.
The Federal naval squadron of David G. Farragut tries following up its capture of New Orleans by pushing further up the Mississippi River. But they meet unexpected resistance.
As the Federal Army of the Potomac continues inching toward Richmond, Abraham Lincoln conditionally approves George B. McClellan’s request for reinforcements.
As Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s Confederates move back east, he receives a message from Robert E. Lee giving him free rein to operate against the Federals in the Shenandoah Valley, and even threaten Washington.
Confederate batteries along the James River take on a Federal fleet approaching in an effort to capture Richmond from the water.
Commanding the Federal occupation forces in New Orleans, Benjamin F. Butler issues an order that solidifies his infamous reputation among southerners.