Abraham Lincoln addresses corruption in the War Department by appointing a new secretary determined to wage more aggressive war.
President Lincoln decides the time is right for Winfield Scott to retire as general-in-chief, and his replacement should be George B. McClellan.
President Lincoln issues orders formally relieving John C. Fremont from command. But getting the orders to Fremont would be another matter.
Confederates strengthen their defense line across Kentucky, as William T. Sherman gives his Federal superiors a gloomy report of affairs in the state.
The growing tension between George B. McClellan and Winfield Scott results in a harsh exchange after a conference on military strategy.
Both the Federal government and the people in the North step up scrutiny of anti-war sentiment, and constitutional guarantees are threatened.