On the Ogeechee River in Georgia, Union gunships including the Montauk conduct a raid to destroy the Rattlesnake, a Confederate privateer, and the Nashville.
One branch of Congress has rejected a bill authorizing the enlistment of negro soldiers. Mr. Sumner declares his intention to persist in forcing the passage of such a law, by offering it as an amendment to some other bill. Whereupon the New York Times says one would suppose, that in such a time as this, when the salvation of the country may depend on the harmonious and energetic co-operation of all parties and all classes of our people, even the most ultra and confirmed hobby-riders of the day could be induced to forego their experiments on the passions and patience of the people, especially when no good can possibly result from their prosecution of them.
The CSS Alabama captures the merchant vessel Washington.
The National Currency Act, which aimed to establish a single national currency, is signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln.
The Tennessee legislature is considering a bill that would make it much harder to rename or move memorials to the state’s war heroes—including those associated with the Civil War. Sounds good on the surface; only problem is that, in Tennessee, a state bitterly divided over secession 150 years ago, the number of monuments honoring Confederate supporters is well out of proportion to the number honoring Union supporters. Some Confederates could stand to be honored a lot less, most notably slave trader, war criminal, and KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forrest. The fact that the Civil War is described in the bill as the “War Between the States” suggests that monuments for the latter sort of person are really those that the Tennessee legislature would like to preserve, which is unfortunate.
Kudos to the city of Memphis for going ahead and renaming some of their parks.
Confederate Major General D. H. Hill assumes command of Confederate forces in North Carolina.
Linen postcard, probably ca. 1930s or 1940s. Published by Marken & Bielfeld, Inc., Frederick, Md. The back of the card reads:
Little Round Top and the Warren Monument, Gettysburg, Pa.
Some of the hardest fighting in the three days battle at Gettysburg developed around this point. From its summit, you overlook the Devil’s Den, the Valley of Death, the Wheatfield and the Peach Orchard—all synonmous [sic] terms in the history of the great battle.
Arizona Territory is split off from New Mexico Territory. This Arizona Territory is the western half of the New Mexico Territory, which is different from the Confederate Arizona territory, which consisted of the southern half of New Mexico territory.
Simon Cameron, formerly Secretary of War for the United States before various scandals came to light, resigns as Ambassador to Russia.