|Confederate batteries at Craney Island & Sewall's Point|
- In its first acknowledged offensive against the Confederacy, the Union Navy engages Confederate batteries at Sewall’s Point, Virginia, near Norfolk,opposite Federally-held Fortress Monroe. This is the second action (after Gloucester) as part of its blockade of the Chesapeake Bay. Two Union gunboats, including USS Monticello, both under command of Navy Lieutenant D.L. Braine, duel with Confederate batteries on Sewell's Point under command of Brig. Gen. Walter Gwynn and Capt. Peyton Colquitt in an attempt to enforce the blockade of Hampton Roads at the mouth of the Rappahannock River, completing the full blockade of Virginia. The two sides do each other little harm over two days of shelling. There are only ten casualties total on both sides. /1861
- Confederate Congress in Montgomery, Alabama, votes to admit Arkansas to the Confederate States of America./1861
Francis Blair, Jr.