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At approximately 10:15 pm, John Wilkes Booth entered the presidential box and shot Lincoln in the back of the head. He then fought and stabbed Henry Rathbone, leapt to the stage (breaking his left ankle), yelled, "Sic semper tyrannis!" and fled.
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Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne proposes that the Confederacy offers emancipation to slaves who serve in the southern army. His suggestion is politely rebuked by his fellow generals who are shocked by the suggestion.
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|1861-08-21||John B. Grayson|
Brigadier General John B. Grayson is assigned command of the Department of Middle and East Florida.
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|1861-08-15||Roswell S. Ripley|
Confederate Brigadier General Roswell S. Ripley is assigned command of the Deptartment South Carolina and its coastal defenses.
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After the disartrous Union defeat at First Manassas, General George B McClellan is appointed commander of the Military Division of the Potomac, the main Union force responsible for the defense of Washington.
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President Lincoln issues a Proclamation calling for 75,000 militiamen, and summoning a special session of Congress for July 4.
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The Constitution of the Confederate States of America is adopted.
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George Williamson, Commissioner of the State of Louisiana, speaks at the Texas Secession Convention.
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Abraham Lincoln is sworn in as the sixteenth president of the United States
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Confederate States of America is formed. Jefferson Davis is sworn in as president.
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