Colonel Robert E. Lee resigns from the U.S. Army to follow his home state of Virginia out of the Union.
The fall of Fort Sumter and Abraham Lincoln’s militia proclamation spark mass mobilizations in both North and South.
President Lincoln overrides General Scott’s recommendation by ordering the reinforcement of Fort Pickens at Pensacola.
General Winfield Scott writes a shocking letter recommending the abandonment of not only Fort Sumter but Fort Pickens as well.
Many of Abraham Lincoln’s advisors recommend abandoning Fort Sumter, but Lincoln considers a different course of action.
Abraham Lincoln begins his first full day as president by receiving an ominous message from Robert Anderson at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.