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.
An officer is assigned to protect Washington from secessionists, and a controversial letter from Winfield Scott becomes public.
Congress has just one last compromise proposal to consider, as more and more people are becoming convinced that disunion is inevitable.
Abraham Lincoln meets with a prominent Republican and receives a recommendation about another regarding cabinet appointments.
Americans observe a day of reflection in hopes that it may inspire stronger efforts at compromise between North and South.