Category Archives: Secession and the Interregnum

In the aftermath of the 1860 election

national hero

When the American Civil War broke began in 1861 the United States army was commanded by Winfield Scott, a native Virginian who was 74 years old and in ill health. In April 1861 General Scott wanted another career officer from … Continue reading

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FernadinaLeaks

In early March a Union naval expedition under Samuel F. Du Pont captured and occupied the area around Fernadina, Florida. During the occupation a correspondent found an early 1861 letter from then U.S. Senator David Yulee to a friend back … Continue reading

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Some Toughness in DC

The Surrender of Fort Sumter The Civil War Daily Gazette has a great piece on the April 14, 1861 surrender of Fort Sumter. My post on April 13th reproduced a New-York Times article that said that Fort Sumter had been … Continue reading

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Not for the Cherry Blossoms*

But Three Virginians Still Headed to DC On April 8, 1861 the Virginia secession convention debated and passed William B. Preston’s resolution to send three commissioners to interview President Lincoln and ascertain his policy toward the seceded states and the … Continue reading

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Cannonballs and Arkansas

60 Tons of “Coercion” vs. “No Submission” From The New-York Times April 9, 1861: CANNON BALLS SHIPPED TO NEW-YORK. BOSTON, Monday, April 8. Six car loads of twenty-four pound cannon balls, weighing 60 tons, left the United States Arsenal, at … Continue reading

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Mercury Still Fanning the Flames

From The New-York Times April 1, 1861 (The New York Times Archive): NEGRO REGIMENTS TO BE RAISED. The latest sensation in the Cotton States has been caused by an announcement in the New-York correspondence of the Charleston Mercury that the … Continue reading

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Louisiana Convention Opposes Secession!

Secession from the Confederate States of America, that is From The New-York Times April 1, 1861 (The New York Times Archive): SECESSION REBUKES SECESSION. The politicians of the Southern Confederacy are entitled to take rank as a peculiar people. They … Continue reading

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“Rip” Ford and A.J. Hamilton

Texas Still Divided Who needs a governor and legislature? The Texas Convention still seems to be running the show. From The New-York Times, March 28, 1861 (The New York Times Archive): IMPORTANT FROM TEXAS GALVESTON, Tuesday, March 26. The Convention … Continue reading

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Southern Rights Party

From The New-York Times March 23, 1861 (The New York Times Archive REPORTS FROM NORTH CAROLINA. GOLDSBORO’, Friday, March 22. A very large and enthusiastic meeting of the Southern Rights citizens of North Carolina was held to-day, at the Court-house, … Continue reading

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Jubal Early Loves the Union! (in March 1861)

Since mid-February 1861 the Virginia secession convention has been meeting at the Mechanics’ Institute in Richmond. No final decisions have been made. On March 20, 1861 The New-York Times published an update (The New York Times Archive): THE VIRGINIA STATE … Continue reading

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