Jefferson Davis issues an executive order authorizing the execution of Federal officers caught using slaves for military purposes against the Confederacy.
John Pope, commanding the Federal Army of Virginia, issues orders that spark fury throughout the South and threaten to change the character of the war.
Abraham Lincoln works to funnel more reinforcements to George B. McClellan’s Federal army on the Virginia Peninsula, and Robert E. Lee decides that the Federal positions are too strong to attack.
P.G.T. Beauregard leaves his Confederate command due to illness, causing controversy over whether he was going absent without leave.
Confederate victories in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley prevent Federal reinforcements from reaching George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac. This leaves McClellan vulnerable on the Peninsula.
As the Federal Army of the Potomac continues inching toward Richmond, Abraham Lincoln conditionally approves George B. McClellan’s request for reinforcements.