Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Beauregard to command Alexandria Line

    P.G.T. Beauregard. Mid 19th century photo in m...Image via Wikipedia
  • P. G. T. Beauregard is ordered to assume command of the Confederate Army of the Potomac in northern Virginia at the Alexandria Line where Federal troops have invaded Virginia and taken up positions. In a strategy meeting with President Davis and commander of the Virginia Militia Robert E. Lee, Lee explains that the Federals are now occupying Alexandria and their next obvious move will be against Manassas, an important railroad junction for the Confederate forces./1861
  • Union troops which have evacuated forts in Indian territory a month ago arrive at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas today. The path they traveled will come to be known as the Chisholm Trail after one of their guides, Jesse Chisholm./1861
  • US Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Lyon and local politico Francis Blair take effective control of St. Louis, Missouri, from Brig. Gen. William Harney, whom they suspected of Southern sympathies and thus sacked with the quiet permission of President Lincoln./1861
  • In Washington, Robert Lincoln, John Hay, assistant secretary to President, and John G. Nicolay, private secretary to President, obtain passes to cross Long Bridge and visit the Custis mansion, home of Gen. Robert E. Lee (CSA), in Arlington./1861
  • The New Orleans Mint closes./1861

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