Confederate officials arrive off Hampton Roads, Virginia, to negotiate prisoner exchange terms with the Federals. They are also unofficially authorized to negotiate a possible end to the war.
Jefferson Davis takes the oath of office to become the first official president of the Confederate States of America.
Elections take place throughout the Confederacy to replace the provisional national government with a permanent one.
Prominent U.S. Senator Stephen A. Douglas, a Democrat who supports the Lincoln administration’s war effort, dies at 48.
Virginians mobilize to defend their state against an impending Federal invasion from Washington.
The new Confederate vice president takes office, and the Provisional Congress gets started on making laws for the new nation.