Congress has just one last compromise proposal to consider, as more and more people are becoming convinced that disunion is inevitable.
President-elect Lincoln continues trying to assure southerners that he will not interfere with the affairs within their states, at the same time downplaying the notion that the South might actually leave the Union.
Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln end their Chicago trip and head back home to Springfield.
Abraham Lincoln meets his vice president-elect for the first time as they discuss organizing the incoming administration in Chicago.
December 3, 1861 – President Abraham Lincoln submitted his first annual message to Congress, which described the current state of affairs and reiterated his view
December 2, 1861 – The second session of the first Republican-dominated Congress opened amid growing discontent with the way the Lincoln administration was prosecuting the