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October 10, Thursday

President Davis writes Major General G.W. Smith of his concern over controlling railroad transportation, the ranks of the generals, the organization of troops, the use of Blacks as laborers, the need for efficient staff officers, and threatened Federal operations.

Federal Brigadier General O.M. Mitchel, former astronomer and popular lecturer, is ordered to organize an expedition into east Tennessee.

There is a light attack by Confederates on Union pickets at Paducah, Kentucky.
October 11, Friday

Brigadier General William S. Rosecrans assumes command of the Federal Department of Western Virginia.

There is a brief skirmish at Harper’s Ferry, and a Confederate schooner is burned by Federals in Dumfries Creek on the Potomac. October 11-16 Confederate troops carry out operations against Amerinds from Fort Inge, Texas.
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October 12, Saturday

On a rainy, stormy night off Charleston, South Carolina, the steamer Theodora evades the Federal blockaders and carries to Cuba two gentlemen whose names will soon be on every tongue. John Slidell of Louisiana has been named Confederate Commissioner to France and James Mason of Virginia Commissioner to Britain. Their main object is to obtain recognition of the Confederacy by the powers of Europe and to purchase military supplies. Their escape is soon reported in the North, and Secretary of State Seward, thinking they are on CSS Nashville, sets about to have the commissioners captured.

The new Confederate ironclad Manassas, aided by two armed steamers, heads down the Mississippi to challenge the Federal squadron near Head of Passes at the mouth of the Mississippi River. USS Richmond is rammed by Manassas and goes aground, as does Vincennes, but both finally are able to withdraw. For a brief spell the blockade is disrupted but not for long, although the incident is ignominious for the Federal Navy.

In other naval affairs the first ironclad of the US Navy, the gunboat St. Louis, is launched at Carondelet, Missouri. Federal Navy Secretary Welles writes that Bull’s Bay, St. Helena, Port Royal, South Carolina, and Fernandina, Florida, are being considered as fuel and supply depots on the Atlantic coast and that an expedition will soon be underway to seize one or more of them.

Jeff Thompson’s Southern raiders advance from Stoddard County in the Ironton area of Missouri, the start of operations which will last until October 25.

There are two days of skirmishes near Clintonville and the Pomme de Terre, Missouri. Skirmishing takes place near Upton’s Hill, Kentucky.

A pro-Union meeting is held in Hyde County, North Carolina.

October 13, Sunday

At Wet Glaize, also known as Dutch or Monday Hollow, near Henrytown, Missouri, sharp action results in dispersal of a Confederate party intent on raiding Federal communications between St. Louis and Springfield.

Another skirmish occurs at Cotton Hill, western Virginia.

Brigadier General Thomas Williams supersedes Brigadier General J.K.F. Mansfield in Federal command in North Carolina.
October 14, Monday

The citizens of Chincoteague Island, Accomack County, Virginia, take the oath of allegiance to the United States before Federal naval officers. “We are united as one man in our abhorrence of the secession heresies,” the residents of the island off the Virginia mainland state.

Missouri State Guard pro-secessionist Jeff Thompson proclaims in southeastern Missouri that he has come to Washington, Jefferson, Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, and Iron counties to help residents throw off the yoke of the North. He calls them to “drive the invaders from your soil or die among your native hills.”

There is fighting at Linn Creek and at Underwood’s Farm near Bird’s Point, Missouri.

In command changes Colonel James H. Carleton takes over the Federal District of Southern California, and for the Confederates Major General Braxton Bragg is given command of the Department of Alabama and West Florida.

In Washington President Lincoln authorizes General Scott to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus anywhere between Bangor, Maine, and Washington if necessary, because of suspected subversion.
October 15, Tuesday

A band of Jeff Thompson’s raiders capture a party of Federal soldiers and burn the Big River Bridge near Potosi, Missouri, as a part of the increased activities of the Missourians.

There is a skirmish on the Little River Turnpike in Virginia.
October 16, Wednesday

Union troops capture Lexington, Missouri, from a small Confederate garrison.

A party of Federals seize 21,000 bushels of wheat stored in a mill near Harper’s Ferry, but on their return encounter a band of Confederates; a sharp, brisk fight ensues before the Yankees are able to get back to Harper’s Ferry.

Near Linn Creek, Missouri, there is yet another skirmish.

President Davis is having difficulties with state-conscious soldiers in the Army, and is trying to maintain the state regiments and at the same time create strong army corps. Furthermore, he has to refuse permission to one Kentucky group to leave the army in the east and return to defend their state.
October 17, Thursday

There is speculation North and South about where the Federal coastal invasion, obviously under way, will strike. Flag Officer Du Pont declares that Port Royal, South Carolina, is the most useful as a Federal naval and coaling base.

Having evacuated Munson’s Hill—the outpost closest to Washington—to Fairfax Court House in September, Confederate General Johnston now withdraws from Fairfax Court House and begins consolidating his 41,000 men in a triangular area with Centreville at the apex and a base running from Manassas Junction to the Bull Run battlefield.

There are skirmishes at Fredericktown, Missouri, in which the Federals are successful.

During October the blockade is tightened, with numerous captures off the south Atlantic coast.

President Lincoln asks that jobs be given to two young men whose mother said “she has two sons who want to work.” He adds, “Wanting to work is so rare a merit, that it should be encouraged.”
October 18, Friday

In Washington a Cabinet meeting discusses General Winfield Scott’s possible voluntary retirement.

President Lincoln is having problems between Generals McClellan and Thomas W. Sherman regarding troops for the south coastal expedition. Sherman is asking for more and McClellan is refusing to furnish them from his army.

In Virginia there is a Federal reconnaissance toward the Occoquan River, and another gunboat reconnaissance by Federals down the Mississippi. There is skirmishing near Rockcastle Hills, Kentucky, and at Warrensburg, Missouri. Federal forces move against Missourian Jeff Thompson from Cape Girardeau in the continuing operations in the Ironton area of Missouri.

For the Confederates Major General Mansfield Lovell supersedes elderly Major General David E. Twiggs in command in Louisiana and Texas.
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