Ambrose Burnside meets with Abraham Lincoln and his top advisors to discuss future military strategy and criticism of his generalship in the Federal Army of the Potomac.
General Fitz John Porter stands trial, ostensibly for disobeying orders, but also because he symbolizes an era in the U.S. army that the Lincoln administration is trying to erase.
Don Carlos Buell receives orders to turn his Federal command over to William S. Rosecrans for his failure to stop the Confederates’ escape from Kentucky and his refusal to chase them into eastern Tennessee.
The right wing of Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army rips into John Pope’s Federals and nearly destroys his Army of Virginia in the decisive fight of the Second Bull Run campaign.
Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s Confederates attack a portion of John Pope’s Federal Army of Virginia northwest of Manassas Junction and spark a major battle in northern Virginia.
Abraham Lincoln orders the drafting of militia into the Federal armies and allows for the recruitment of blacks as military combatants for the first time.