Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis left their homes on the same day to move to their capitals – February 11, 1861.  They each had 60 days between their departures for Washington or Richmond and the first volley of war at Fort Sumter.

In President Lincoln’s inaugural address, he firmly stated that the states that seceeded must rejoin the Union.

President Davis, in his installation address, said the time for compromise had passed. “The South is determined to maintain her position, and make all who oppose her smell Southern powder and feel Southern steel.”

Source:” How the North Won” by Herman Hattaway and Archer Jones