Monthly Archives: December 2010

December 31, 1860: South Carolina authorizes raising regiments

From the journal of the South Carolina Secession Convention, Monday, December 31, 1860: The following communication was received from his Excellency the Governor, and on motion of Mr. DeTreville, the communication and the accompanying resolutions were made the special order … Continue reading

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December 30, 1860: Keziah Brevard on slavery

From Keziah Brevard’s Diary, December 30, 1860: Soon will 1860 be past — forever gone– What has been done in this year for man’s blessings! Whoever has not been working for good to others as well as themselves had as … Continue reading

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December 29, 1860: Governor Pickens says it’s war.

Mrs. Pickens and daughter review the troops at Ft. Moultrie. From the journal of the South Carolina Secession Convention, December 29, 1860: The following communication was received from his Excellency the Governor, and was ordered to lie on the table: … Continue reading

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December 28, 1860: Free Colored Louisianans volunteer to fight

A letter reprinted in the Daily Constitutionalist [AUGUSTA, GA], January 11, 1861: From the N. O. Delta, Dec. 28th. The Free Colored Natives of Louisiana. A very improper and unjust feeling is sometimes manifested towards a class of our population … Continue reading

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December 28, 1860: Keziah Brevard hears about the capture of Ft. Moultrie

From the diary of Keziah Brevard, December 28, 1860: Mrs. James H. Adams with Janie, Laura, Carry, Ellen & Jim spent the day with Goodwyn & myself — Randy’s little Jane with them. They brought this morning’s paper with them, … Continue reading

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December 27, 1860: Civil war begins? Castle Pinckney taken by force

Fort Sumter (top), Castle Pinckney (bottom) Telegram, dated Dec. 27, 1860 from Robert Anderson to Colonel S. Cooper: This afternoon an armed steamer, one of two which have been watching these two forts, between which they have been passing to … Continue reading

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December 26, 1860: Anderson moves from Moultrie to Sumter

Robert Anderson, Commander of Union forces at Fort Sumter Telegrams. The first one is dated the 26th: I include the next few a bit prematurely to show the exchange. Reports of Maj. Robert Anderson, U. S. Army, of the evacuation … Continue reading

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December 25, 1860: Florida’s governor pledges to secede

Governor Madison Starke Perry of Florida Journal of the South Carolina Secession Convention, Dec. 25, 1860. The following letter was read into the record: CHARLESTON, December 24, I860. To the President and Delegates of the Convention of the Independent State … Continue reading

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December 24, 1860: South Carolina’s causes for secession

C.G. Memminger Chair of the committee that wrote the document; first secretary of the Treasury of the Confederacy The South Carolina Secession Convention formed a committee to write a document explaining the causes of secession, which was approved on Dec. … Continue reading

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December, 1860 DeBow’s Review: Slavery needs better P.R.

James D.B. DeBow From the December, 1860, DeBow’s Review: The tone of the public mind is at this era of the world’s history almost entirely directed by the periodical press. Especially is this observable at the North, where immense newspaper … Continue reading

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