Abraham Lincoln reiterates that he will not accept any compromise with the South that might spread slavery into the territories.
The states of the upper South and the border with the North continue to contemplate joining the Deep South in seceding.
Jefferson Davis and four southern senators deliver emotional farewell speeches before following their home states out of the Union.
President-elect Abraham Lincoln disregards rumors of assassination and continues to reject any compromise proposals that might expand slavery.
The Senate fails to adopt John J. Crittenden’s compromise plan, prompting more last-ditch efforts at conciliation.
Various opinions are offered on secession, while the U.S. military faces the fact that it is completely unprepared for any kind of armed conflict.