Category Archives: James Buchanan

January 14, 1861: Account of the interview between SC commissioners and Buchanan

If you’ve been following this blog and the others syndicated on The American Civil War on facebook (or see the Daily Sesquicentennial Blogs list at lower right), you’ve seen a lot of the correspondence between Buchanan and the commissioners from … Continue reading

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January 4, 1861: Buchanan’s action reported in the South

The Richmond Daily Dispatch of January 4, 1861 reports here the President’s response to the first letter from the South Carolina secession commissioners. Their polemical response has already been posted elsewhere, as has the text of Buchanan’s letter; this article … Continue reading

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January 2, 1861: Buchanan to reinforce Sumter?

Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune From the New York Tribune, January 2, 1861: Mr. Buchanan’s courage doubted. Great apprehension was entertained last night that Buchanan’s constitutional timidity would overcome his recent inclinations to stand firm against the … Continue reading

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January 1, 1861: Letter from SC Commissioners to President Buchanan

James Buchanan A letter from the South Carolina commissioners to President Buchanan (text in the New York Times). This is their response to his letter of Dec. 31, 1860. WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 1, 1861. SIR: We have the honor to … Continue reading

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December 14, 1860: A presidential proclamation

James Buchanan A proclamation from President Buchanan, published in the Richmond Daily Dispatch, December 17, 1860: Proclamation of the President. Numerous appeals have been made to me by pious and patriotic associations and citizens, in view of the present distracted … Continue reading

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December 4, 1860: Crittenden disagrees with Buchanan

John J. Crittenden: I do not agree that there is no power in the President to preserve the Union. If we have a Union at all, and if, as the President thinks, there is no right to secede on the … Continue reading

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December 3, 1860: Washington Correspondence – The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Thomas L. Clingman of North Carolina From the New York Times’ Washington correspondent, December 3, 1860: first some good news about compromise possibilities, then some worrisome news about two cabinet members resigning. Senator Clingman from North Carolina proposes a peaceful … Continue reading

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November 28, 1860: Disunion on both sides?

James Buchanan From the November 28, 1860 New York Times: The Albany Evening Journal comments on the above as follows: There is little to be hoped from extremes on either side of this question. The fire-eaters of the South, and … Continue reading

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October 18, 1860: The Tribune analyzes Fusion’s chance in New York

John C. Fremont Millard Fillmore James Buchanan An editorial from the New York Tribune, Oct. 18, 1860: The fact that New-York is necessary to the Fusionists — that, since their utter rout in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Ohio, they cannot do … Continue reading

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