Southerners celebrate the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as the first president of the Confederate States of America.
The new Confederate vice president takes office, and the Provisional Congress gets started on making laws for the new nation.
Delegates to the Georgia State Convention at Milledgeville vote 208 to 89 in favor of seceding from the Union.
Treasury Secretary Howell Cobb became the first member of President James Buchanan’s cabinet to resign over the sectional crisis. He would not be the last.
The Florida legislature kicks off the month by meeting in special session to consider seceding from the Union. Other states would soon follow.
February 20, 1865 – The Confederate House of Representatives approved a measure allowing for the recruitment of slaves into the military. The “Negro Soldier Law”