February 9: Seven seceded states (SC, MS, FL, AL, GA, LA, TX) form the Confederate States of America. Jefferson Davis is elected president.
March 4: Abraham Lincoln inaugurated as President of the United States
April 12: Civil War starts at Fort Sumter, South Carolina
May 24: Union forces occupy Alexandria, Virginia
July 21: Confederates win First Battle of Bull Run near Manassas, Virginia
August 24: Southerner Eugenia Phillips arrested for spying in Washington
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