Inaugural speech of Jefferson Davis, Confederate president, on February 28 1861.
...when, in the judgment of the sovereign States now composing this Confederacy, it had been perverted from the purposes for which it was ordained,..
The opposing inaugural speech made by Abraham Lincoln, Union president, 3 weeks later.
...In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war...
Firing on Fort Sumter, April 1861. Confederacy decided to take a Union naval fort in Charleston harbor. Conf. victory, no lives lost.
All YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US
Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1863. Union victory. Bloodiest day in American history.
Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3. Northern victory. Ruined Lee's invasion of the North.
Surrender of General Lee at the Appomattox courthouse, April 1865.
I already surrendered.
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