Centerville, Virginia, was the site of a stategy planning session between Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and Generals Johnston, Beauregard, and Smith. They met to discuss a possible solution to problems posed by the Southern offensive in Virginia which was what the citizenry of the Confederacy were currently demanding. An assessment of the army's capabilities led to the conclusion that such a move, to attack the North at this time, would be foolhardy. Southern troops were neither sufficiently provisioned nor available in numbers necessary for an offensive; the consensus was to wait until spring and watch further developments on all fronts, not just in Virginia.
Confederates seize the Federal supply steamer "Fanny" at Pamlico Sound, North Carolina. In the capture, 31 Union soldiers were taken, along with a large amount of military supplies.