- Published: Wednesday, 27 February 2008 16:00
- Written by The Skanner
1860 : Republican Abraham Lincoln is elected president in 1860. South Carolina secedes from the Union, followed by the other slaveholding states. All the New England states except Connecticut already have abolished slavery; other states, for example Illinois, ban it in their constitutions.
1861: President Lincoln declares the Southern states to be in rebellion and raises an army....