Federal troops pour into Washington and talk quickly turns from defense to offensive operations.
Maryland legislators reject secession as President Lincoln controversially suspends the writ of habeas corpus in areas surrounding the state.
President Lincoln’s call for troops is enthusiastically answered, but getting them to Washington is another matter.
President Abraham Lincoln issues an order imposing a naval blockade on ports in the Confederate states.
The first blood of the war is drawn when Federal troops traveling through Baltimore fire on a jeering mob, sparking mass unrest.
Virginians react to President Lincoln’s militia proclamation by voting to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy.