Captain Charles Stone takes up his duties at the head of the District of Columbia Militia
General Winfield Scott had appointed Captain Charles Stone as Inspector General of the District of Columbia Militia over dinner the previous evening. 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 over the following months and insured that the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln proceeded without incident. 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.