President-elect Abraham Lincoln receives a lukewarm reception in New York City before continuing on to New Jersey and Philadelphia.
Delegates to the Georgia State Convention at Milledgeville vote 208 to 89 in favor of seceding from the Union.
Americans observe a day of reflection in hopes that it may inspire stronger efforts at compromise between North and South.
January 9, 1865 – The U.S. House of Representatives opened debate on a constitutional amendment abolishing slavery that had been defeated last year. The abolition