General Winfield Scott orders Captain Charles Stone to put the District of Columbia Militia under arms
General Winfield Scott appointed Captain Charles Stone as Inspector General of the District of Columbia Militia over dinner in Washington. His appointment was announced the next day. A West Point graduate, Stone had resigned his commission in 1856 and begun a career as a surveyor, working largely in Mexico. With the rank of colonel, he successfully secured Washington DC and insured that the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln proceed smoothly and in safety. His later career during the war was clouded by controversy, however. (By John Osborne)
Frank Moore, The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), I: 53.