Benjamin F. Butler causes another controversy, this time by refusing to return fugitive slaves to their masters. This sets a wartime precedent.
Abraham Lincoln reiterates that he will not accept any compromise with the South that might spread slavery into the territories.
Senator John J. Crittenden introduces a complex program designed to end the sectional crisis and preserve the Union.
President-elect Abraham Lincoln tries to reach out to influential southerners to find some sort of rapidly vanishing middle ground in the unfolding sectional crisis.
The United States of America had been in existence for less than a century when it was nearly shattered by the most terrible conflict in its history. Why did it happen?
April 4, 1865 – President Abraham Lincoln visited the former Confederate capital of Richmond the day after its fall. Rear Admiral David D. Porter, commanding