Historical Events in June 1861

  • Jun 1 1st skirmish in US Civil War at Fairfax Court House, Virginia
  • Jun 1 British territorial waters & ports off-limits during Civil War
  • Jun 1 Skirmish at Arlington Mills, Virginia
  • Jun 1 US & Confederacy simultaneously stop mail interchange
  • Jun 3 1st American Civil War land battle: Union forces defeat the Confederacy at Philippi in modern-day West Virginia
  • Jun 5 Federal marshals seize arms and 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 American Civil War: Tennessee votes to secede from the Union
  • Jun 8 US Sanitary Commission is given executive approval
  • Jun 10 Battle of Big Bethel Virginia (Bethel Church, Great Bethal) the Union retreats
  • Jun 12 Missouri Governor Claiborne Jackson calls for 50,000 volunteers to stop Federal "invasion" from taking over his state after US Army forces led by Nathaniel Lyon arrest pro-Confederate state militia at Fort Jackson

Historic Event

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

  • Jun 15 Johnston evacuates Harpers Ferry
  • Jun 16 Battle of Vienna, Virginia and Secessionville, South Carolina (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, Virginia Union forces attack Confederate batteries
  • Jun 24 Tennessee becomes 11th (& last) state to secede from Union
  • Jun 28 Leipzig Observatory discovers short-period (6.2 yrs) Comet d'Arrest
  • Jun 30 CSS Sumter slips past USS Brooklyn blockade