The compromise contained six proposals for constitutional amendments, and four proposals for Congressional resolution including the re-application of the north/south boundary from the Missouri Compromise, stated that the federal government could not interfere with slavery where it already existed and could not interfere with the recovery of slaves from any part of the Union.
Robert E. Lee, son of a Revolutionary War hero, and a 25 year distinguishedveteran of the United States Army and former Superintendent of West Point,is offered command of the Union Army. Lee declines.
Slavery did too cause the Civil War
- Abraham Lincoln, who had declared "Government cannot endure permanently half slave, half free..." is elected president, the first Republican, receiving 180 of 303 possible electoral votes and 40 percent of the popular vote.