The 18th of February, 1862 saw the opening of the First Congress of the Confederate States of America. All previous congressional sessions had been of the provisional congress.
Skirmishing was tri-fronted in Missouri and Arkansas.
One skirmish was at Independence, Missouri:
I cannot find any reports on this action.
Another skirmish was at Mount Vernon, Missouri:
For you perusal; the single report on this skirmish...
A third skirmish took place at Bentonville, Arkansas, in the northwestern corner of the state:
Concerning the Bentonville action, here follow a selection of Federal reports.
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