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August 1, 1861 Tennessee votes to adopt the Constitution of the Confederate States of America Tennessee
August 3, 1861 Off the coast of Virginia a Union naval officer ascends in a tethered balloon to look at Confederate controlled Hampton Roads. It is the first balloon ascent from a ship in naval history
  Civil War Firsts
August 5, 1861 Abraham Lincoln approves a wide variety of bills passed during a special session of Congress including a new issue of bonds, tariff increase and the first direct income and real estate tax.
August 6, 1861 First Confiscation Act or The Confiscation Act of 1861 allows federals to seize property used in the insurrection, essentially freeing slaves forced to participate in the Confederate war effort.
August 6, 1861 Second Session of the Second Wheeling Convention is called to order West Virginia
  Second Wheeling Convention
August 6, 1861 Lt. Bull Nelson of the U. S. Navy is ordered to build a camp where Kentucky residents can train for service in the Kentucky militia. Nelson names the camp for the owner of the property in Garrard County, Captain Dick Robinson Kentucky
  William 'Bull' Nelson
August 7, 1861 John Bankhead Magruder burns the village of Hampton, near Fort Monroe. General Benjamin Butler had been planning to use it to house "contraband." (Butler's word for slaves) Virginia
  John Magruder
  Benjamin Butler
August 7, 1861 The Maryland legislature adjourns without seceding, but votes to reconvene in September Maryland
August 10, 1861 Battle of Wilson's Creek [US]
Battle of Springfield [CS]

Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon [US] is killed in the Confederate victory
Missouri
  Generals Who Died In the Civil War
  Sterling Price
August 15, 1861 General George McClellan assumes command of the Army of the Potomac
  George McClellan
  Army of the Potomac
August 15, 1861 The Department of Kentucky and the Department of the Cumberland are combined under General Robert Anderson
  Robert Anderson
August 17, 1861 George Thomas appointed brigadier general of volunteers, Army of the Cumberland.
  George Thomas
August 19, 1861 Henry Halleck promoted to Major General
  Henry Halleck
August 20, 1861 The pro-Union Second Wheeling Convention calls for the creation of the state of Kanawha West Virginia
  Second Wheeling Convention
August 21, 1861 Second Wheeling Convention adjourns
  Second Wheeling Convention
August 24, 1861 President Davis names James M. Mason as commissioner to Great Britain and John Slidell as commissioner to France
  Trent Affair
August 26, 1861 Battle of (Kessler's) Cross Lanes

General John Floyd routs an Ohio regiment
Virginia
  John Floyd
  Operations in Western Virginia
August 26, 1861 General Benjamin Butler leads a successful amphibious landing on Cape Hatteras North Carolina
August 26, 1861 King Kamehameha IV proclaimed the neutrality of the Hawaiian Islands during the Civil War.
August 27, 1861 Union forces take fortifications on Cape Hatteras North Carolina
August 28, 1861 Ulysses S. Grant is given command of federal forces in Southern Illinois and Southeastern Missouri Missouri
Illinois
  Ulysses S. Grant
August 30, 1861 John C. Fremont declares martial law in Missouri and frees slaves of Missouri Confederates. Missouri
  John C. Fremont
  The Emancipation of Slaves
August 31, 1861 Samuel Cooper, Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston, Joseph E. Johnston and P. G. T. Beauregard are promoted to full general.
  P. G. T. Beauregard
  Joseph E. Johnston
  Robert E. Lee
  Albert Sidney Johnston
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April, 1861 August, 1861 December, 1861

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