Confederates open fire on the Federal garrison at Fort Sumter, touching off the most horrific conflict in American history.
Federals break an unofficial truce by reinforcing Fort Pickens, a vital installation near Pensacola, Florida.
Confederates demand the surrender of Fort Sumter, putting North and South on the brink of war.
The South Carolinians receive word that President Lincoln will attempt to resupply Fort Sumter, and President Jefferson Davis makes a fateful decision.
President Abraham Lincoln orders the reinforcement of Fort Pickens at Pensacola, but mix-ups in orders make it more difficult than intended.
William H. Seward sends a bold memo to President Lincoln offering unsolicited advice and suggesting that Seward head the administration behind the scenes.