General-in-Chief George B. McClellan develops a plan of attack and defends his military secrecy to increasingly skeptical politicians and subordinates.
Tag: Salmon P. Chase
The Northern Financial Crisis
The suspension of specie payments by the leading northern banks plunges the North into a financial crisis as the year ends.
They Will Be Cheerfully Liberated
Abraham Lincoln finally decides upon a course of action regarding Great Britain’s demands to release the Confederate envoys seized aboard the British steamer Trent.
Surrender or War Will Have a Very Good Effect
News of the British reaction to the seizure of Confederate envoys James Mason and John Slidell reaches the U.S.
No Going into Winter Quarters
George B. McClellan rejects Abraham Lincoln’s proposal to send the Army of the Potomac into northern Virginia against Centreville and Manassas Junction.
Proceedings of the Thirty-seventh U.S. Congress
The U.S. Congress begins debating on how to pay for the war, while the anti-war minority makes its voice heard.