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  American Civil War 1861-1865 timeline
     
1860
 
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Lincoln becomes the Republican presidential candidate, benefiting from a Democratic party split on the issue of slavery      
1860
 
   
Republican contender Abraham Lincoln is elected US president with only 39% of the popular vote and no electoral votes in eleven southern states      
1860
 
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South Carolina becomes the first southern state to secede from the Union in response to Lincoln's election      
1861
 
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The seven members of the newly formed Condederacy elect Jefferson Davis as their provisional president       
1861
 
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Richmond, the state capital of Virginia, becomes the capital of the Southern Confederacy      
1861
 
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Shots are fired against the Federal military garrison in Fort Sumter, in Charleston harbour, launching the American Civil War       
Recruiting for the Confederate army, 1861
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