The Radical-dominated Joint Committee seeks to put the blame of the Ball’s Bluff disaster on the shoulders of Charles P. Stone, for both military and political reasons.
Abraham Lincoln designates February 22 as ‘the day for a general movement of the Land and Naval forces of the United States against the insurgent forces.”
Jefferson Davis arranges to send a troublesome general away from the Confederate seat of government at Richmond.
General-in-Chief George B. McClellan develops a plan of attack and defends his military secrecy to increasingly skeptical politicians and subordinates.
Abraham Lincoln addresses corruption in the War Department by appointing a new secretary determined to wage more aggressive war.
Desperate for action, Abraham Lincoln calls a meeting of the Army of the Potomac’s top brass without General-in-Chief George B. McClellan.