President Lincoln holds a special cabinet meeting to decide on a plan for immediate offensive operations in northern Virginia.
Federals led by Charles P. Stone seize two key ferries on the Potomac River while Confederates begin stirring at Leesburg, Va.
Benjamin Butler oversteps his authority and sends his Federal troops to seize the troublesome city of Baltimore.
A young Federal officer suggests a quick strike against the Confederacy, but General Scott prefers a more methodical approach.
President Lincoln’s call for troops is enthusiastically answered, but getting them to Washington is another matter.
Colonel Robert E. Lee resigns from the U.S. Army to follow his home state of Virginia out of the Union.