A new law is enacted in which the U.S. government would grant land to states and territories to establish institutions of higher learning.
Abraham Lincoln issues a call for more volunteers while sidestepping the defeats on the Virginia Peninsula that prompted the call.
A new law is enacted that lays the foundation for what would eventually become the first transcontinental railroad.
A new U.S. law is enacted in the continuing effort to raise money for the war. This builds upon the notion of income taxation.
The quietest day of the Seven Days’ Battles takes place, as George B. McClellan sends a shocking telegram to his superiors at Washington blaming them for perceived failures.
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.