Abraham Lincoln signs the most controversial bill of his presidency into law, providing for the first national military draft in U.S. history.
Final Legislation of the 37th U.S. Congress
President Abraham Lincoln signs several bills into law that are met with intense opposition from the Democrat minority in Congress.
Vicksburg: Federals Clear Yazoo Pass
After nearly a month, the last Federal transport finally clears Yazoo Pass in an effort to get to the Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg, Mississippi.
The Cherokee Nation Joins the Union
The National Council of Cherokee Indians approves resolutions repealing its ordinance of secession, renouncing its support for the Confederacy, declaring new support for the U.S., and abolishing slavery in the Cherokee Nation.
The Peterhoff Affair
A U.S. warship seizes a British merchant vessel in neutral waters, which threatens to cause an international crisis.
Deluded People, Cave In!
Confederates begin trying to salvage the partially sunken U.S.S. Indianola, while the Federals try stopping them by sending a “gunboat” down the Mississippi River to confront them.