President Jefferson Davis continues his tour of the Western Theater, moving from Tennessee to his home state of Mississippi.
The Existing State of Despondency and Desperation
Northerners learn of the true disaster at Fredericksburg, which sparks enough outrage to make this the greatest crisis of the Lincoln presidency to date.
Necessity Hurries Me in the Opposite Direction
President Jefferson Davis plans to leave Richmond and inspect the Confederate military situation in Tennessee and Mississippi.
President Lincoln’s 1862 Message to Congress
The second session of the lame duck Thirty-seventh U.S. Congress assembles at Washington and receives President Abraham Lincoln’s second annual message.
Lincoln Removes McClellan
George B. McClellan receives orders finally removing him as commander of the Federal army that he had created.
Crumbling into Bloodstained Fragments
Democrats make substantial gains in both the Federal and state elections, which reflects growing dissatisfaction with Abraham Lincoln’s war policies among northern voters.