President Abraham Lincoln submits his first annual message to Congress, in which he describes the current state of affairs and reiterates his view that the Union must be preserved by all necessary means.
Congress approves a resolution to define the purpose of the Federal war effort.
The United States of America had been in existence for less than a century when it was nearly shattered by the most terrible conflict in its history. Why did it happen?
January 21, 1864 – Unionists assembled at Nashville and approved a resolution forming a constitutional convention to restore Tennessee to the Union. Military Governor Andrew Johnson,
January 19, 1864 – A legally dubious convention amended the Arkansas constitution to abolish slavery in the state. Delegates assembled at Little Rock to consider