Category Archives: Southern Society

suffering Selma

The American Union Commission held a big fundraising event in New York City 150 years ago tonight. Many famous men attended or sent in their regrets. Provisional Alabama Governor Lewis E. Parsons gave a first-hand report from the field. Alabama’s … Continue reading

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American Union Commission report

In October 1865 the American Union Commission, “organized to aid in the restoration of the Union upon the basis of freedom, industry, education, and Christian morality,” published a report of its work helping destitute Southerners. It is a 33 page … Continue reading

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“hermetically sealed” no more?

Thanks to Seven Score and Ten, during the Civil War Sesquicentennial I learned about DeBow’s Review, a Southern economic and commercial journal that supported slavery. It advocated secession after Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States. 150 years … Continue reading

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don’t make ’em bite off too at once

150 years ago this week abolitionist George L. Stearns met with President Andrew Johnson to discuss Reconstruction in the South. Mr. Stearns wrote up his recollection of the meeting, had the president fact-check the summary, and then sent the document … Continue reading

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concord in Lexington

On October 2, 1865 Robert E. Lee was inaugurated as president of Washington College in Lexington, Virginia – and signed an amnesty oath pledging allegiance to the United States and all its laws, including those regarding the emancipation of slaves. … Continue reading

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“their sudden emancipation”

It’s going on six months since federal troops won the Battle of Fort Blakely on April 9, 1865 and a few days later occupied Mobile, Alabama. It is written that “The siege and capture of Fort Blakely was basically the … Continue reading

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nullified?

150 years ago today the South Carolina state constitutional convention repealed the December 20, 1860 Ordinance of Secession. From The New-York Times September 19, 1865: THE SOUTH CAROLINA CONVENTION.; Repeal of the Ordinance of Secession. BOSTON, Monday, Sept. 18. The … Continue reading

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President Lee

From The New-York Times September 7, 1865: Gen. Lee Accepts the Presidency of Washington College. From the Lexington Gazette Extra. The gratifying duty of announcing to the country the acceptance by Gen. ROBERT E. LEE of the Presidency of Washington … Continue reading

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A more northern North Carolina

From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in August 1865: A large number of Union soldiers in North Carolina have made up their minds to stay in that vicinity and are marrying the widows and girls and settling on the … Continue reading

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disruptive

150 years ago this week a Northern newspaper reprinted a report it found in a Petersburg, Virginia newspaper. A city that began the year under siege was trying to adjust to the huge change in the economic-social system caused by … Continue reading

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