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.
Confederate envoys board a steamship in the hopes of eluding the Federal blockade and reaching Europe to gain Confederate recognition.
Federal forces seize an important base to be used as a staging area for future operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
President Abraham Lincoln issues an order imposing a naval blockade on ports in the Confederate states.
President Abraham Lincoln orders the reinforcement of Fort Pickens at Pensacola, but mix-ups in orders make it more difficult than intended.
Abraham Lincoln meets with a prominent Republican and receives a recommendation about another regarding cabinet appointments.