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.
The eight people accused of conspiring to assassinate Abraham Lincoln finally received legal counsel and pleaded not guilty to the military commission trying them.