Monday, August 8, 2011

Davis calls for 400,000 volunteers to defend the South

    Jefferson Davis, only President of the Confede...Image via Wikipedia
  • In Richmond, President Jefferson Davis calls for 400,000 volunteers to defend their homes in the Confederacy./1861
  • At Washington, US Secretary of War Simon Cameron replies to another of General Benjamin Butler’s queries about making runaway slaves contraband. Cameron tells Butler that Union troops must adhere to fugitive slave laws, but only within Union territory. All states in insurrection are exempt from the protection and escaped slaves in those areas will not be returned to their owners but become property of the US government./1861
  • In the Gulf of Mexico, the USS Santee, commanded by Captain Eagle, captures the blockade runner schooner C.P. Knapp./1861
  • Brig. Gen. U. S. Grant assumes command of the district of Ironton, Missouri./1861
  • At a public dinner and serenade in Baltimore, Maryland, in honor of John C. Breckenridge of Kentucky, his attempt to address the people is prevented by the rioting of Unionists./1861

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