Category Archives: John J. Pettus

Pettus stockpiles munitions; Southern leaders threaten secession

John J. Pettus of Mississippi. Does anyone know of another picture of him? This one is lame. From the September 29, 1860 New York Times: ABOUT MUNITIONS OF WAR AND TAXATION. The Yazoo (Miss.) Banner reports Gov. PETTUS as having … Continue reading

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The political importance of the slave trade

The Slave Trade, by Auguste Francois Biard, 1840 Letter from John Cowden to Gov. John J. Pettus of Mississippi, September 23, 1860: Give me free trade with Africa and they may have as many Wilmot provisos or (as much) Squatter … Continue reading

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