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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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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150 years ago today the South Carolina state constitutional convention repealed the December 20, 1860 Ordinance of Secession.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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namesakes

A Richmond newspaper can’t believe that free blacks would name their sons after Abraham Lincoln. It would make a lot more sense to name the children after the biblical Abraham. Unlike the “Washington Abraham” the biblical patriarch was a gentleman, … Continue reading

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reconstruction bill

Four years to the day after South Carolina officially seceded from the United States, Richmond citizens could read about a bill in the Yankee Congress to manage the return of the rebel states: slavery would be forever abolished; provisional governors … Continue reading

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Blowing Bubbles

People have been blowing bubbles a long time, apparently. You can read a description of the picture’s elements at the Library of Congress

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(Half) Empty Nest Syndrome – Verboten!

Here’s an image from last year (1861) that I missed. It is the policy of the Lincoln administration, and I would think, many Northerners agree with the sentiment given how many men have volunteered so far. As long ago as … Continue reading

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Recalling Hartford

Richmond Newspaper Opposed to Secession – in 1814 From The New-York Times May 15, 1861: Virginia on Secession in 1814. In 1814, the New-England people became dissatisfied with the conduct of public affairs, and in the celebrated Hartford Convention they … 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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Investigative Journalism

What are those strange-looking flags flying on your ship? From The New-York Times March 25, 1861: ARMY AFFAIRS.; THE “CONFEDERATED” FLAG IN NEW-YORK. Two strange flags, flying, the one from the foretopmast-head, and the other at the mizzen-peak of a … 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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