Abraham Lincoln was just elected to be our next president.
South Carolina decided to leave the Union today. Everyone is shocked by the decision.
They even choose their own president! His name is Jefferson Davis.
The Southern states have seceded from the United States have formed the Confederate States of America.
There is big excitement everywhere. The war has begun. The Confederates just attacked Fort Sumter.
The Confederate army won a battle today outside Washington D.C. It was called the battle of Bull Run.
The Confederates selected a new general in-chief of the Confederate armies. His name is Robert E. Lee.
The front page of every newspaper has a copy of President Lincoln's document to free slaves. It is called the Emancipation Proclamation.
General Lee is a great general. Even though he had fewer soldiers, he defeated the Union army today at Chancellorsville, Virginia.
The Union army won two very important victories yesterday and today. They were at Vicksburg and Gettysburg.
It's over! It's over! The war is over! General Lee did not want his men to lose their lives in an impossible battle. He surrendered at Appomattox Court House.
Terrible news. President Lincoln has been shot. It was done by a man named John Wilkes Booth. The president died early this morning. What a sad day. Everyone is mourning the loss of this great leader.