Delegates to the Louisiana State Convention at Baton Rouge vote 113 to 17 to become the sixth state to secede from the Union.
Texas Governor Sam Houston opposes secession but cannot stop the state convention from proceeding. The Federal military commander in the state asks again for instructions.
Jefferson Davis and four southern senators deliver emotional farewell speeches before following their home states out of the Union.
President-elect Abraham Lincoln disregards rumors of assassination and continues to reject any compromise proposals that might expand slavery.
Delegates to the Georgia State Convention at Milledgeville vote 208 to 89 in favor of seceding from the Union.
An officer is assigned to protect Washington from secessionists, and a controversial letter from Winfield Scott becomes public.