Timeline: 1861

BEFORE

1861

  • In rapid succession, several southern states secede from the United States. They are Mississippi (January 9), Florida (January 10), Alabama (January 11), Georgia (January 19), Louisiana (January 26), and Texas (February 1).1
  • January 29. The state of Kansas is admitted to the United States as the thirty-third state. It is formed from most of the Kansas Territory.2
  • February 4. The breakaway nations of South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana confederate in the Confederate States of America.3
  • March 2. Texas accedes to the Confederate States.4
  • March 4. Abraham Lincoln is sworn in as sixteenth President of the United States.5
  • April 12. With the Battle of Fort Sumter, the American Civil War erupts between the United States of America and the breakaway Confederate States of America.6
  • April 16. At Twin Oaks plantation in Clayton County, Georgia, Ashley Wilkes (21), holding a barbecue, announces his engagement to his cousin Melanie Hamilton (17). During the event, a heartbroken Scarlett O'Hara (16) meets South Carolinian Rhett Butler (33), who admonishes the crowd of young men's foolish belief that a pending war with the United States would be easy or successful for the Confederacy. Later, the guests learn of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's call for volunteers to shut down the insurrection, to cheers. In a fit of pique, Scarlett accepts the marriage proposal of Melanie's brother Charlie Hamilton.7
  • Several more states secede from the United States: Virginia (April 17), Arkansas (May 6), Tennessee (May 7), and North Carolina (May 20).8
  • April 30. Scarlett O'Hara and Charles Hamilton marry.9
  • May 1. Melanie Hamilton and Ashley Wilkes marry.10
  • Several more states accede to the Confederacy: Virginia (May 7), North Carolina (May 21), and Tennessee (July 2).11
  • The Doctor (fourth incarnation) and Fenella Wibbsey (71), stranded in the past, search Hexford, and eventually find the amnesiac Boolin and Alex Robotov, who have been here for ten years, with the identities Bewley and Andrew. They discover that the Skishtari egg has been harnessed subconsciously by Alex to create a fictional universe where he transports those who upset him. An out of control Alex/Andrew transports himself, the Doctor, Mrs. Wibbsey, and others into the fiction, and Alex becomes Aladdin. Through the manipulation of the fiction, the Doctor uses the djinn (his scarf) to send them all back, and uses the final wish to transport them all to 2010 after burying the egg below the future location of Nest Cottage.12
  • August. Jonah Hex (22) enlists in the Confederate Army.

AFTER

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