Though winning in the electoral college, Lincoln's lack of a popular majority (1.9 million out of 4.7 million votes cast) is an indication of the problems he would face with a divided nation.
On news of Lincoln's election, South Carolina (site of nullification fight in 1830s) secedes.
Seven states form Confederacy, write their own constitution, and plan for an independent nation.
Place - Montgomery, Alabama
Lincoln enters Washington D.C. in disguise because of unrest. Southerners begin seizing federal posts.
Location - Washington, D.C
Lincoln decides to supply Ft. Sumter, but wants the South to fire the first shot.
Location - Charleston, South Carolina
Gen. McDowell leads 30,000 men against Gen. Johnston's 22,000 Southern troops in an attempt to crush the rebels and go "On to Richmond." South scores victory as Union troops flee back to Washington in disarray. McDowell replaced by Gen. McClellan
Location - Northern Virginia
Gen. Grant captures two forts on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. Confederates forced out of Kentucky and yield much of Tennessee.
Location - Tennessee Rivers