Tens of thousands of troops are in action in many states.
The Confederate Congress passes America’s first conscription law. Meanwhile, a Union fleet works its way up the Mississippi toward New Orleans.
Confederate forces under Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson launch a campaign to capture Romney, Virginia during the first week of 1862.
Jefferson Davis appoints one of the war’s most enigmatic figures, Judah Benjamin, to the position of Confederate Secretary of War.