Sam Houston is deposed as governor of Texas for refusing to take an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy.
Three Confederate commissioners go to Washington to negotiate the peaceful transfer of Fort Sumter from U.S to Confederate hands.
The Confederacy adopts a permanent Constitution, similar to the U.S. but with key exceptions.
The Provisional Confederate Congress enacts new laws, including those to bolster national defense and issue national currency.
Abraham Lincoln becomes the 16th U.S. president and prepares to face the sectional crisis head-on.
James Buchanan wraps up his term as president and reflects upon his handling of the secession crisis.