Attached is a printable chronology from THE SOUTHERN REBELLION (1867) listing the important events that occurred during the first year of the American Civil War: 1861.
The month of January found U.S. forts and arsenals falling into Confederate possession throughout parts of the South, while the constitution of the Southern Confederacy was being written and adopted by Secessionist legislators; Southern states begin to break away from the Union and Jefferson Davis was inaugurated some two weeks before President Lincoln. In April of 1861 the first gallons of blood begin to pour and as December slowly came around news spreads about a battle fought by one Native American tribe loyal to the Union against another tribe siding with the Rebels.
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