On January 2nd, the Confederate Congress confirmed the appointment of George Davis to the post of Attorney General.
On the 11th, Missouri Senator John B. Henderson proposed the 13th Amendment, ending slavery in the United States.
Union commander of Arkansas, Frederick Steele, was instructed by President Lincoln on January 20th to permit elections after an anti-slavery amendment was proposed for the state constitution.
William S. Rosecrans is ordered to take command of the Department of Missouri on the 22nd. On that same day, Arkansas selected Isaac Murphy, a pro-unionist, to be the provisional governor until elections could be held in the spring.
The U.S. government lifted trade sanctions on Missouri and Kentucky on January 23rd.
Confederates in Louisiana organize a government around General Henry Allen, designating Shreveport as the state's capital.
Confederate cavalry commander Nathan Bedford Forrest attacks and defeats Union William Smith near Meridian, MS on the 25th.
January 26th saw elections being held in Tennessee in areas where the Federal Government is in control.
On the 29th, steamer Sir William Wallace, loaded with northern supplies, is attacked on the Mississippi River near New Orleans.
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