Confederate batteries along the James River take on a Federal fleet approaching in an effort to capture Richmond from the water.
Confederate officials talk Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson out of resigning from his command in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.
Virginians mobilize to defend their state against an impending Federal invasion from Washington.
Colonel Robert E. Lee resigns from the U.S. Army to follow his home state of Virginia out of the Union.
Virginians react to President Lincoln’s militia proclamation by voting to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy.
A former U.S. president persuades Virginians to invite all states to a conference to settle their differences.