Category Archives: John A. Dix

January 29, 1861: “If any one attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot.”

Louisiana having seceded on January 26, state forces were seizing US ships at the port of New Orleans. The revenue cutter McClelland was in New Orleans, and was ordered to leave and make for New York. Captain Breshwood (or Brushwood, … Continue reading

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October 8, 1860: Fusion finally achieved in New York

John A. Dix Only a few days ago, the Breckinridge faction had refused to get together with the Bell and Douglas people. Now with less than a month to go before the presidential election, the New York anti-Republicans finally got … Continue reading

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Who the heck was John A. Dix?

Gen. John A. Dix Well, every time I look at a newspaper article, I wind up getting sucked in to another whole epic. When I looked at the paper for August 13, 1860, the first thing that caught my eye … Continue reading

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