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Boat crews from U.S.S. Flag, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Charles C. Carpenter, captured British steamer Anglia at Bull's Bay, South Carolina. There was fighting at Fayetteville, Arkansas and at Georgia Landing, Louisiana ( http://civilwarwiki.net/wiki/Battle_of_Georgia_Landing ) as well. Major General Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel, USA, comes down with yellow fever and must relinquish command of the Federal Department of the South. Brigadier General John M. Brannan, USA, temporarily assumes command of the Federal Department of the South. Major General William S. Rosecrans, USA, assumes command of the Federal 14th Army Corps. William Henry Forney, CSA, was appointed to Major General. Preston Smith, CSA, was appointed to Brigadier General.

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The Federal Army of the Potomac under McClellan continued its movement southward into Virginia from Maryland. The march was east of the Blue Ridge in the general direction of Warrenton. Lee, in the Shenandoah, began shifting troops southward to avoid being flanked by McClellan. Confederate Maj Gen John C. Breckinridge ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_C._Breckinridge ) assumed command of the Army of Middle Tennessee. There was action at Oxford Bend on the White River near Fayetteville, and at McGuire’s, Arkansas.

Party led by Lieutenant John Taylor Wood, CSN, boarded, captured, and fired ship Alleghanian at anchor in Chesapeake Bay off the mouth of the Rappahannock River with cargo of guano from Baltimore for London. C.S.S. Alabama, commanded by Captain Semmes, captured and burned bark Lauraetta south of Halifax, Nova Scotia. U.S.S. Montgomery, under Commander C. Hunter, captured blockade running steamer Caroline near Pensacola. U.S.S. Sagamore, commanded by Lieutenant Commander George A. Bigelow, captured blockade running British schooner Trier off Indian River Inlet, Florida.

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President Lincoln told Gen McClellan, “I am much pleased with the movement of the Army. When you get entirely across the river let me know. What do you know of the enemy?” President Davis, plagued by trying to defend many areas, wrote the governor of Alabama, “Our only alternatives are to abandon important points or to use our limited resources as effectively as the circumstances will permit.” There was skirmishing at Island Mount, Missouri ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skirmish_at_Island_Mound ); on the Blackwater in Virginia; opposite Williamsport, Maryland on the Potomac; and near Petersburg, western Virginia ( http://www.civilwarreference.com/battle ... lesID=1655 ). Alfred Cumming, CSA, was appointed to Brigadier General.

A landing party from U.S.S. Ellis, commanded by Lieutenant Cushing, destroyed large Confederate salt works at New Topsail Inlet, North Carolina. Cushing reported that "it could have furnished all Wilmington with salt." U.S.S. Dan exchanged fire with Confederate troops near Sabine Pass; Dan shelled the town and on 30 October a party was landed under protection of the ship's guns to burn a mill and several buildings.
C.S.S. Alabama, commanded by Captain Semmes, seized brigantine Baron de Castine south of Nova Scotia. "The vessel being old and of little value," Semmes reported, "I released her on a ransom bond and converted her into a cartel, sending some forty-five prisoners on board of her--the crews of the three last ships burned."

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Maj Gen Rosecrans assumed command of the Department of the Cumberland, replacing Maj Gen Buell. Brigadier General George Stoneman ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Stoneman ), USA, assumes command of the Federal 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, superseding Major General Samuel P. Heintzelman, USA. Emperor Napoleon III of France proposed to Russia and Great Britain that they should unite in making overtures of mediation in the American Civil War. Maj Gen Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ormsby_M._Mitchel ), astronomer, lecturer, and prominent Union officer, died of yellow fever at Beaufort, South Carolina. William Stephen Walker, CSA, and Joseph Wheeler, CSA, were appointed to Brigadier General.

Assistant Secretary of the Navy Fox wrote Edward G. Flynn regarding that man's expressed desire to attempt capture or destruction of commerce raider 290 (C.S.S. Alabama): "The [Navy] Department has published that it will give $500,000 for the capture and delivery to it of that vessel, or $300,000 if she is destroyed; the latter however is to be contingent upon the approval of Congress." The concern over Alabama's highly successful commerce raiding was attested to when Fox wrote Rear Admiral Farragut The raid of '290' [Alabama] has forced us to send out a dozen vessels in pursuit."

U.S.S. Connecticut, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Milton Haxtun, captured blockade running British schooner Hermosa off the mouth of the Sabine River. U.S.S. Daylight, commanded by Acting Master Warren, captured schooner Racer between Stump Inlet and New Topsail Inlet, North Carolina, with cargo of salt.

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October 31, 1862 Friday
There was a skirmish at Franklin, Virginia and another near the falls of the Kanawha River, western Virginia. A Union scout was undertaken in Monroe county, Missouri; and on this day and Nov 1, Federal forces bombarded Lavaca, Texas. Other Union contingents advanced from Bolivar, Tennessee and Corinth, Mississippi upon Grand Junction, Tennessee in preliminaries of Grant’s move upon Vicksburg. A series of cavalry engagements known as the battle of Unison began in Loudon County, Virginia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Unison ).

During October the Confederate Congress formalized a Torpedo Bureau in Richmond under Brigadier General Gabriel J. Rains and a Naval Submarine Battery Service under Lieutenant Hunter Davidson. The purpose was to organize and improve methods of torpedo (mine) warfare, in which Commander Mathew Fontaine Maury had pioneered. The Confederacy, of necessity, developed a variety of underwater torpedoes, for it had a long coastline with many navigable rivers to protect and slight naval strength with which to oppose the formidable Union fleet. That the efforts, while failing to lift the ceaseless pressure of the Northern naval forces, were nonetheless a serious threat was attested to at war's end by Secretary of the Navy Welles, who observed that the torpedoes were "always formidable in harbors and internal waters, and . . . have been more destructive to our naval vessels than all other means combined."

U.S.S. Reliance, commanded by Acting Master Andrew J. Frank, captured sloop Pointer at Alexandria, Virginia. Although cleared through the Alexandria Custom House as being without cargo, Pointer was found to be carrying groceries, dry goods, and whiskey. U.S.S. Restless, commanded by Acting Lieutenant Conroy, captured sloop Susan McPherson off the coast of South Carolina. Landing party from U.S.S. Mahaska, under Commander Foxhall A. Parker, destroyed Confederate gun positions on Wormley's Creek and at West Point, Virginia. The attack was continued on 1 November.

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November 1, 1862 Saturday
November opened with McClellan finally back on Virginia soil but hardly in active pursuit of Lee’s army, which was still licking its own wounds after Antietam. In Kentucky the new Federal commander, William S. Rosecrans, was prepared to resume operations against Confederate Braxton Bragg, who had escaped nearly intact from his drive toward the Ohio River. On the Mississippi River, Grant, although aware of political intrigue behind his back involving John C. McClernand, prepared an overland campaign against Vicksburg. Confederate operations of the fall had been partially successful, but in a defensive-offensive sense had bought little but time.

Gen Butler in New Orleans issued orders tightening pass requirements and authorizing discharge from confinement of all “slaves not known to be the slaves of loyal owners.” President Davis continued to worry about the relations of the Confederate states to the central government, the raising of troops, and the danger of Federal invasion of the coasts.

Nov 1-12 a Federal expedition from New Berne fought several skirmishes at Little Creek and Rawle’s Mill, North Carolina. Operations early in the month were in Boone and Jackson counties, Missouri and Berwick Bay, Louisiana. Other fighting this day was at La Grange, Arkansas and in Henderson County, Kentucky. The following appointments were made to Brigadier General: George Thomas Anderson, CSA; Richard Arnold, USA; William Passmore Carlin, USA; Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb, CSA; John Rogers Cooke, CSA; Montgomery Dent Corse, CSA; George Pierce Doles, CSA; Alfred Washington Ellet, USA; John Brown Gordon, CSA; Alfred Iverson, Jr., CSA; James Henry Lane, CSA; Elisha Franklin Paxton, CSA; Carnot Posey, CSA; Stephen Dodson Ramseur, CSA; Jerome Bonaparte Robertson, CSA; and Edward Lloyd Thomas, CSA.

U.S.S. Louisville, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Meade, captured steamer Evansville in the Mississippi River above Island No. 36. U.S.S. Thomas Freeborn, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Magaw, captured three unnamed boats at Maryland Point, on the Potomac River; the boats were attempting to run goods across from Maryland to Virginia. Naval expedition under Commander Davenport, comprising U.S.S. Hetzel, Commodore Perry, Hunchback, Valley City, and Army gunboat Vidette, opened fire on an encampment at Plymouth, North Carolina, forcing the Confederate troops there to withdraw.

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There was minor fighting in Virginia at Philomont and Snicker’s Gap in the Blue Ridge. The latter was occupied by McClellan’s army. C.S.S. Alabama, commanded by Captain Semmes, captured and burned whaling ship Levi Starbuck near Bermuda.

Rear Admiral D. D. Porter wrote Assistant Secretary of the Navy Fox seeking authority over the Ellet rams: "I am extremely anxious to get possession of Ellet's Rams; they are the class of vessels I particularly want at this moment. The old 'Pook Turtles' are fit only for fighting--they cannot get along against the current without a tow. . . . Do settle the Ram business, and let me know by telegraph. The Commander will have to be instructed, or he will not give them up. I have notified him that I will not permit any naval organization on this River besides the Mississippi Squadron. . . ." Fox agreed with Porter and pressed the matter with the President. On 7 November the Assistant Secretary convinced President Lincoln that the Ellet rams belonged under control of the Navy. In a White House conference with Secretary of the Navy Welles, Secretary of War Stanton, and General Halleck, Lincoln transferred all war vessels on the Mississippi to the Navy. The action provided for greater efficiency of operations on the western waters.

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There was a skirmish near Harrisonville, Missouri and an expedition by Federals along the coasts of Georgia and east Florida lasting until the tenth ( http://lestweforget.hamptonu.edu/page.c ... 4A121D7610 ). Among the regiments used in this latter operation was the First South Carolina Volunteers (African Descent) ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_South_ ... ers_(Union) ) under Col Thomas Wentworth Higginson ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Wentworth_Higginson ). This Negro regiment, still incomplete and somewhat unofficial, was not to be mustered in until the first of the year, but it had been slowly growing out of the earlier abortive attempts to form Negro regiments on the southeastern coast. Longstreet’s Confederate corps arrived at Culpeper Court House, Virginia thus getting in front of McClellan, who was in the Warrenton area. Jackson’s corps of Lee’s army remained in the Shenandoah Valley. General Braxton Bragg, CSA, resumes command of the Confederate Department No. 2, which he temporarily turned over to Lieutenant General Leonidas Polk, CSA, on October 24, 1862. Major General Israel Bush Richardson ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Bush_Richardson ), USA, dies at the Pry House, Sharpsburg, Maryland, from wounds inflicted during the Battle of Antietam, Maryland, on September 17, 1862.

C.S.S. Cotton, commanded by Lieutenant Edward W. Fuller, and shore batteries engaged U.S.S. Calhoun, Kinsman, Estrella, and Diana in Berwick Bay, Louisiana. In this close and spirited action against heavy odds, Captain Fuller caused considerable damage to the Union squadron until exhaustion of cartridges forced Cotton to retire. Captain Fuller reported that the legs of the men's pants were cut off for use as improvised cartridge bags to fire parting shots as he withdrew. U.S.S. Penobscot, under Commander Clitz, destroyed blockade running British ship Pathfinder after forcing her aground off Shallotte Inlet, North Carolina.

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November 4, 1862 Tuesday
Democrats made sizable gains in Northern state and congressional elections especially in New York, where Democrat Horatio Seymour was chosen governor ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Sta ... ions,_1862 ). Strong Democratic gains were made also in New Jersey, Illinois, and Wisconsin, adding to those of the October elections. The Republicans kept control of the House of Representatives, however, with victories in New England, the border slave states, California, and Michigan. Undoubtedly war weariness accounted for many of the Democratic victories.

Gen Grant’s forces occupied La Grange and Grand Junction, Tennessee, important rail and road keys to northern Mississippi, as plans for a drive on Vicksburg progressed. Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard's command is extended to the Choctawhatchee River, South Carolina. Martin Luther Smith, CSA, was appointed to Major General. The following appointments were made to Brigadier General: William Robertson Boggs, CSA; William George Mackey Davis, CSA; Archibald Gracie, Jr., CSA; Evander McNair, CSA; and James Edward Rains, CSA.

Naval expedition under Commander Davenport, comprising U.S.S. Hetzel, Commodore Perry, Hunchback, Valley City, and Army gunboat Vidette, opened fire on an encampment at Plymouth, North Carolina, forcing the Confederate troops there to withdraw. Davenport was subsequently ordered to meet General John G. Foster at Williamston on 3 November to support an Army assault on Hamilton, North Carolina. "It was agreed upon," Commander Davenport reported, . . . that we would begin our advance on Hamilton that night. . . . At 11 a.m. [4 November], having failed as yet in receiving any signal from the army, I made general signal 'to get underway' and proceeded up the river . . ." The force also included U.S.S. Seymour, which had arrived that morning. Hamilton was evacuated by the Confederates and Union troops took possession of the town. Davenport's gunboats "proceeded a few miles farther up the river to divert the attention of the enemy, while the army continued its march to Tarboro";

The blockade continued to clench the Confederacy in an ever-tightening grip. Rear Admiral S. P. Lee, commanding the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, advised Assistant Secretary of the Navy Fox: "There is no doubt that a large trade was carried on with Wilmington through Shallotte Inlet 25 miles below, & New Topsail Inlet 15 miles above Wilmington. I have shut both doors."

U.S.S. Jacob Bell, commanded by Acting Ensign George E. McConnell, captured and burned schooner Robert Wilbur in Nomini Creek, off the Potomac River. U.S.S. Hale, commanded by Captain Alfred T. Snell, captured pilot boat Wave and an unnamed schooner in Nassau Sound, Florida. U.S.S. Daylight, commanded by Acting Master Warren, and U.S.S. Mount Vernon, commanded by Acting Lieutenant Trathen, forced blockade running British bark Sophia aground and destroyed her near Masonboro Inlet, North Carolina. U.S.S. Coeur de Lion, commanded by Acting Master Charles H. Brown, with U.S.S. Teaser and schooner S. H. Poole, evacuated Union families and their property from Gwynn's Island, Virginia.

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To Gen Halleck ( http://www.classicreader.com/book/3767/208/ ): “By direction of the President, it is ordered that Major General McClellan be relieved from the command of the Army of the Potomac; and that Major General Burnside take the command of that Army.” It had come, after months of pressure from all sides. President Lincoln had finally reached the end of his ample patience with the dilatory McClellan. The failure to complete a partial victory at Antietam, the snail-like advance in the weeks that followed brought to an end the controversial military career of “Little Mac.” Repercussions would be strenuous. Two days later the general was informed. At the same time Fitz John Porter was relieved from his corps command. Porter, a pro-McClellan corps commander charged with willful disobedience at Second Manassas, was replaced by Joseph Hooker ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Hooker ).

There was a Federal reconnaissance from La Grange toward Somerset, Tennessee; action near Nashville, Tennessee; an affair near Piketon, Kentucky; a skirmish at Jumpertown, Mississippi; and action at Lamar, Missouri; as well as operations lasting several days from Helena to Moro, Arkansas; in Augusta, Bath, and Highland counties, Virginia; and Pendleton and Pocahontas counties, western Virginia. U.S.S. Louisiana, commanded by Acting Lieutenant R. T. Renshaw, captured schooner Alice L. Webb at Rose Bay, North Carolina. Dandridge McRae, CSA; Mosby Monroe Parsons, CSA; Edwin Henry Stoughton, USA; and James Camp Tappan, CSA, were appointed to Brigadier General.

300 Santee Sioux were sentenced to hang in Minnesota ( http://www.history.com/this-day-in-hist ... -minnesota ).

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Changes were also being made in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Among the promotions were James Longstreet and Thomas Jonathan Jackson, who were promoted from major general to lieutenant general and to command of the First and Second Army Corps, respectively, moves of great importance in battles to come. Stephen Dill Lee, CSA, was appointed to Brigadier General. Brigadier General Charles Davis Jameson ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Davis_Jameson ), USA, dies aboard a steamboat near Boston, Massachusetts, succumbing to typhoid fever contracted during the Battle of Seven Pines, Virginia, in June, 1862.

There was skirmishing at Martinsburg, western Virginia; Garrettsburg, Kentucky; Old Lamar, Mississipii; and a Federal reconnaissance from La Grange, Tennessee toward Lamar, with further skirmishing. Federal expeditions from Fort Scott, Kansas operated Nov 6-11 ( http://www.pddoc.com/skedaddle/010/0055.htm ). U.S.S. Teaser, Ensign Sheridan, captured sloop Grapeshot in Chesapeake Bay.

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At 11:30 PM an officer from Washington appeared at McClellan’s Rectortown, Virginia headquarters with the orders of Nov 5 removing him from command and turning the Army of the Potomac over to Ambrose E. Burnside ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambrose_Burnside ). McClellan, surprised, stunned, hurt, wrote, “I am sure that not the slightest expression of feeling was visible on my face.” He added, “Poor Burnside feels dreadfully, almost crazy – I am sorry for him.” The military career of the most controversial general of the Civil War was ended. He was replaced by a competent, rather stodgy, and definitely uncertain officer who professed no desire for the command and who tried to turn it down.

President Lincoln placed the ram fleet on the Mississippi River under navy control despite War Department objections. For the Confederates, Gen Bragg, resuming command of the Army of the Mississippi after a brief absence, put one army corps under former bishop Leonidas Polk ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonidas_Polk ) and the other under William Hardee ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_J._Hardee ). Meanwhile, Rosecrans was moving the Federal Army of the Cumberland to Nashville from Kentucky. John Pegram, CSA, was appointed to Brigadier General.

There was increased fighting in Tennessee at Gallatin, Tyree Springs, and White Range; as well as at Boonesborough, Rhea’s Mills, and Marianna, Arkansas; and Clark’s Mill in Douglas County, Missouri. U.S.S. Kinsman, commanded by Acting Master George Wiggin, and steamer Seger burned steamers Osprey and J. P. Smith in Bayou Cheval, Louisiana.

U.S.S. Potomska, commanded by Acting Lieutenant W. Budd, escorted Army transport Darlington up Sapelo River, Georgia. Potomska being unable to proceed far up river because of her draft, Budd transferred to the Army vessel, which was engaged by Confederates at Spaulding's. Darlington, undamaged, continued up the Sapelo to Fairhope, where a landing party destroyed salt works "and other things that might be of use to the enemy." Taken under attack once again upon returning past Spaulding's, Darlington put forces ashore and destroyed public property and captured arms. "We were greatly aided here by the Potomska," reported Lieutenant Colonel Oliver T. Beard, "which, from a bend below, shelled the woods. Under the guns of the Potomska we landed I am greatly indebted to Lieutenant Budd for the success of this day."

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November 8, 1862 Saturday
The Federal Army of the Potomac, concentrated in the area of Warrenton, Virginia was rocked by the news of McClellan’s dismissal. In Tennessee Grant continued reconnaissance from La Grange, with some skirmishing extending to Hudsonville, Mississippi. There was also action on the Cumberland River near Gallatin, Tennessee; Burkesville, Kentucky; Marianna, La Grange, and Cove Creek, Arkansas; and Cato, Kansas. Confederate cavalry carried out an expedition Nov 8-14 from Hardy into Tucker County, western Virginia.

In another command change, Maj Gen Nathaniel P. Banks ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel_Prentice_Banks ) was named to command the Union Department of the Gulf, replacing Maj Gen Ben Butler, whose dictatorial rule of New Orleans had brought charges and countercharges of cruelty, speculation, and dishonesty. In receiving his orders it was made clear to Banks that “The President regards the opening of the Mississippi River as the first and most important of our military and naval operations.” The same day Gen Butler closed up all the breweries and distilleries within the department. Brigadier General William Henry Chase Whiting, CSA, is assigned command of the Confederate defenses of the Cape Fear River, North Carolina. John George Walker, CSA, is appointed to Major General.

C.S.S. Alabama, commanded by Captain Semmes, captured and burned ship T. B. Wales southeast of Bermuda. U.S.S. Resolute, commanded by Acting Master Tole, captured sloop Capitola at Glymont, Maryland. Capitola was carrying cargo and passengers across to Virginia in violation of the blockade.

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Maj Gen Burnside assumed full command of the Army of the Potomac at Warrenton, Virginia. Federal cavalry under Ulric Dahlgren ( http://www.all-biographies.com/soldiers ... hlgren.htm and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulric_Dahlgren ) made a sensational dash into Fredericksburg, Virginia. There was skirmishing on the south fork of the Potomac River in western Virginia and a Union expedition into Greenbrier County, as well as a Federal reconnaissance from Bolivar Heights. Other action was at Huntsville and Dry Wood, Missouri; between Fayetteville and Cane Hill at Boston Mountains, Arkansas ( http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/e ... 861+-+1874)&parent= ); and at Silver Springs and Lebanon, Tennessee.

Greenville, North Carolina, surrendered to joint Army-Navy landing force under Second Assistant Engineer J. L. Lay of U.S.S. Louisiana.

Brigadier General John Bordenave Villepigue ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bordenave_Villepigue ), CSA, dies at Port Hudson, Louisiana, from dysentery.

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November 10, 1862 Monday
Maj Gen McClellan ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_B._McClellan ) took an emotional, spectacular farewell of the Army of the Potomac, so long considered “his” army. A soldier wrote, “The men were wild with excitement. They threw their hats into the air and cheered their old commander as long as his escort was in sight.” The idolization of Little Mac continued despite his defeats and failures in battle; although some officers and men had come to recognize his shortcomings. The feelings of the army presented a problem to its new commander, Burnside.

There was skirmishing at Charles Town, western Virginia and operations along the Orange and Alexandria Railroad in Virginia. President Lincoln asked for the record on the conviction of 303 Indians condemned to death for the Sioux uprising in Minnesota. Major General Fitz-John Porter, USA, is relieved of command of the 5th Army Corps, Federal Army of the Potomac, which effectively ends Porter's military career. He will be released from the Army in 1863 for the blame he received for the Federal failure during the Battle of 2nd Manassas (Bull Run), Virginia, on August 29-30, 1862. Brigadier General John S. Williams ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stuart_Williams ), CSA, is assigned command of the Confederate Department of Western Virginia.

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