Monthly Archives: November 2010

November 30, 1860: Secession news

John Letcher, Governor of Virginia 1860-1864 Editorial from the November 30, 1860 New York Times: NEWS OF THE DAY. We have nothing new of importance regarding the secession movement to report this morning. Attention is now being concentrated principally at … Continue reading

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November 29, 1860: B.M. Palmer’s Thanksgiving Sermon

Benjamin Morgan Palmer Thanksgiving was celebrated in most places in the U.S. on November 29, 1860. From his pulpit at First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans, the Reverend Benjamin Morgan Palmer used the occasion to deliver a stirring call for … 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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November 27, 1860: A Lincoln Anecdote

Reprinted in the November 27, 1860 Richmond Daily Dispatch, a rather unlikely Lincoln anecdote: The Chattanooga (Tenn.) Gazette publishes the result of an interview between a wealthy planter of Mississippi and Mr. Lincoln. It says: This planter desired to purchase … Continue reading

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November 26, 1860: Letter from Herschel Johnson

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch, November 26, 1860: Hon. Herschel V. Johnson has written a letter in reply to one signed by several members of the Georgia Legislature, in which he contends that Lincoln’s election is not sufficient cause for … Continue reading

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November, 1860: Racism splits some hairs

John C. Breckinridge, a “wild, fierce, fearless, and religious” Celt. In the November 1860 issue of the Southern Literary Messenger, a monthly magazine “devoted to every department of literature and the fine arts”, an anonymous article appears titled “Northern Mind … Continue reading

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November 24, 1860: Secession Dress

From the November 24, 1860 Richmond Daily Dispatch: New Fashion for Ladies. We observed, while on a visit to a lady friend, a bonnet and dress of Georgia Linsey and cotton, designed for the daughter of one of our leading … Continue reading

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November 23, 1860: Symbols of Secession

From the Semi-Weekly Mississippian (Jackson, MS), November 23, 1860:             The Charleston Mercury has the following:             Sturdy Patriots.—A number of charcoal dealers, from the interior of this district, were yesterday here on business, wearing—not the blue silk cockade—but plain … Continue reading

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November 22, 1860: News from the South

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch, Nov. 22, 1860: In Norfolk. Va., Monday night, a “large and enthusiastic” meeting of “Minute Men” was held at which a “Chief” was chosen. A letter was read from a gentleman in New York, asking … Continue reading

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November 21, 1860: Lincoln reassures the South

Lyman Trumbull A speech by Senator Lyman Trumbull on November 21, was reported in the Illinois State Journal, including this paragraph written for him by president-elect Lincoln: It should be a matter of rejoicing to all true Republicans, that they … Continue reading

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