November 1861

Several Federal command changes took place, and Ulysses S. Grant’s Federals saw combat in Missouri. The first Confederate elections were held, and the Federals scored a coastal victory. An incident on the high seas threatened to spark war between the U.S. and Great Britain.

Remind Me of That Spectacle

Winfield Scott retires to West Point and George B. McClellan becomes general-in-chief of all Federal armies.

The Removal of John C. Fremont

John C. Fremont finally gets the order removing him from command of the Federal Army of the West and replacing him with David Hunter.

The Belmont Expedition

Ulysses S. Grant receives orders to stop Confederates at Columbus, Ky. from reinforcing the Missouri State Guards.

Federals Prepare to Attack Port Royal

A massive Federal armada begins arriving off Port Royal, S.C., with plans to bombard the forts guarding the port into submission.

The Confederate National Elections

Elections take place throughout the Confederacy to replace the provisional national government with a permanent one.

The Battle of Belmont

Ulysses S. Grant’s Federal army narrowly escapes destruction in southwestern Missouri but gains important battle experience.

The Fall of Port Royal

After struggling through a horrific storm on the Atlantic, the Federal naval squadron attacks and captures a vital Confederate port.

The Trent Affair

Captain Charles Wilkes of the U.S.S. San Jacinto halts the neutral British steamship R.M.S. Trent on the open sea and seizes two Confederate envoys under dubious circumstances.

The Ivy Mountain Engagement

William Nelson’s Federals win a minor victory in eastern Kentucky but fail in their ultimate goal of destroying the enemy.

The Federal Military Shakeup

The U.S. War Department issues General Orders No. 97, which authorizes a major military reorganization.

Within Hearing of the Enemy’s Guns

The feud that had begun in October between Jefferson Davis and one of his top generals continues into this month.

The Enchantress Affair

Jefferson Davis threatens to execute Federal prisoners if the Federals go through on their threat to execute the crew that had captured the U.S.S. Enchantress as pirates.

An Unparalleled Insolence of Epaulets

Abraham Lincoln calls upon new General-in-Chief George B. McClellan, who refuses to see him. This symbolizes the evolving relationship between Lincoln and McClellan.

A Massive Wave of Chauvinistic Elation

News of the capture of Confederate envoys James Mason and John Slidell spreads throughout America and is met with mixed reactions in North and South.

Divisions in the Indian Territory

The war threatens to divide the Native American tribes just as it divides North and South, with Unionist Natives fleeing toward Kansas and Confederate allies of the Five Civilized Tribes in pursuit.

Ranking with the Heaviest Bombardment in the World

Harvey Brown directs a preemptive attack on Confederates looking to take back Fort Pickens on Florida’s Gulf Coast.


Last Updated: 11/19/2021

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