General P.G.T. Beauregard, commanding the Confederate defenses in South Carolina and Georgia, issues a proclamation warning citizens that a Federal attack on either Charleston or Savannah is imminent.
Federal forces attack strong Confederate defenses on James Island, and cause a general to be removed from command.
Abraham Lincoln revokes David Hunter’s order freeing all slaves in his military department. But Lincoln also declared for the first time that he had the power to free slaves as a wartime necessity.
Federal forces use a destructive new weapon to reduce a key fort guarding the entrance to Savannah Harbor.
The U.S. War Department issues General Orders No. 97, which authorizes a major military reorganization.
John C. Fremont finally gets the order removing him from command of the Federal Army of the West and replacing him with David Hunter.