The mid-South states of North Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas reject President Lincoln’s call for volunteers and take steps toward joining the Confederacy.
The governor of Missouri asks Jefferson Davis to send him arms while Federals work in secret to secure the vital St. Louis arsenal.
Both Kentucky and Delaware try to stay neutral in the conflict, but Kentucky’s position greatly overshadows tiny Delaware’s.
Virginians mobilize to defend their state against an impending Federal invasion from Washington.
President Lincoln’s call for troops is enthusiastically answered, but getting them to Washington is another matter.
Virginians seize the important military arsenal at Harpers Ferry after retreating Federals fail to destroy it completely.