The new Confederate vice president takes office, and the Provisional Congress gets started on making laws for the new nation.
Delegates to the Montgomery convention adopt a constitution, a Congress, and a chief executive in just five days.
A convention opens in Montgomery as delegates from the seceded states start working to form a new nation.
Delegates to the Georgia State Convention at Milledgeville vote 208 to 89 in favor of seceding from 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.
Southern states began taking steps toward leaving the Union, while some northerners began talking of keeping the South in the Union, even by force if necessary.