Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s Confederates head east to reinforce Robert E. Lee on the Virginia Peninsula, while George B. McClellan continues fuming about his superiors in Washington.
Abraham Lincoln fulfills a party pledge by approving a law that bans the expansion of slavery into the U.S. territories.
David G. Farragut begins assembling a Federal naval squadron to take on Vicksburg, one of the last major Confederate strongholds on the Mississippi River.
P.G.T. Beauregard leaves his Confederate command due to illness, causing controversy over whether he was going absent without leave.
Federal forces attack strong Confederate defenses on James Island, and cause a general to be removed from command.
Henry W. Benham plans to attack Confederate positions on James Island, south of Charleston, in violation of orders from his superior.