Historical Events in June 1861

  • Jun 1 1st skirmish in Civil War, Fairfax Court House, Va
  • Jun 1 British territorial waters & ports off-limits during Civil War
  • Jun 1 Skirmish at Arlington Mills, VA
  • Jun 1 US & Confederacy simultaneously stop mail interchange
  • Jun 3 1st Civil War land battle-Union defeats Confederacy at Philippi, WV
  • Jun 5 Federal marshals seize arms & gunpower at Du Pont works DE
  • Jun 6 Lincoln's cabinet declares Union government will pay for expenses once states have mobilized volunteers
  • Jun 8 US Sanitary Commission is given executive approval
  • Jun 8 American Civil War: Tennessee votes to secede from the Union.
  • Jun 10 Battle of Big Bethel VA (Bethel Church, Great Bethal)-Union retreats
  • Jun 12 Missouri Governor Claiborne Jackson calls for 50,000 volunteers to stop Federates from taking over his state

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Jun 14 Harpers Ferry evacuated by rebels in face of General George McClellan's advance

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
  • Jun 15 Johnston evacuates Harpers Ferry
  • Jun 16 Battle of Vienna, VA & Secessionville, SC (James Island)
  • Jun 17 Battle of Boonville, MI-Brigadier General Lyon defeats Confederate forces
  • Jun 19 Anaheim Post Office established
  • Jun 19 Francis Pierpont is elected provisional governor of West Virginia
  • Jun 24 Battle of Mathias Point, VA-US attacks Confederate batteries
  • Jun 24 Tennessee becomes 11th (& last) state to secede from Union
  • Jun 25 Western Virginia campaign
  • Jun 28 Leipzig Observatory discovers short-period (6.2 yrs) Comet d'Arrest
  • Jun 30 CSS Sumter slips past USS Brooklyn blockade