South Carolina wanted to secede from the Union and the last straw for the south was the election of Abraham Lincoln. South Carolina was the first to secede. They set a date of December 1860 and voted in Charleston to leave the Union.
Historic Newspaper with one of the best accounts of the opening of the Civil War. from The South: THE WILMINGTON DAILY HERALD, North Carolina, April - Visit to grab an amazing super hero shirt now on sale!
An the Battle of Seven Pines [aka the Battle of Fair Oaks], Confederate General Joseph Eggleston Johnston was wounded, and command of the Army of Northern Virginia was turned over the next day, June to General Robert E Lee.