Monthly Archives: January 2011

January 31, 1861: Edgerton: “the first blast of war will be the trumpet-signal of emancipation.”

Sidney Edgerton I have often said that the North did not fight to end slavery, and certainly that was not Lincoln’s primary goal in the war. However, we should not forget that there were Northern abolitionists who fought precisely for … Continue reading

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January 30, 1861: The Tribune quotes Clay

Henry Clay Greeley’s New York Tribune looked to “The Great Compromiser”, Henry Clay of Kentucky, for some counsel on the issue of slavery. Clay helped engineer both the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Compromise of 1850 — both efforts … Continue reading

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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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January 29, 1861: Georgia’s declaration of the causes of secession: tariffs?

The Georgia Secession Convention passed its ordinance of secession on January 19, 1861. Then days later, on January 29, the convention then went on to adopt a Declaration of Causes of Secession. It’s an interesting one; like every other statement … Continue reading

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January 28, 1861: Why is Texas considering secession?

Oran M. Roberts Roberts was a justice of the Texas Supreme Court in 1861, when he served as president of the secession convention. He resigned to join the Confederate Army during the war, where he was colonel of the 11th … Continue reading

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January, 1861: DeBow: Non-Slaveholders should fight to defend slavery

James D. B. DeBow I’ve reproduced articles from DeBow’s Review occasionally; it was a magazine of agricultural advice originally, but by the time of the war it had become one of the primary defenders of slavery. In January, 1861, DeBow … Continue reading

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January 26, 1861: Alabama convention encounters some backlash.

William Lowndes Yancey The Alabama Convention, having passed an ordinance of secession on January 11, remained in session dealing with constitutional matters — or, as the New York Times’ correspondent suggests, maintaining their grip on power. From the New York … Continue reading

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January 26, 1861: Louisiana Secedes

Ordinance of Secession of Louisiana, adopted January 26, 1861. AN ORDINANCE to dissolve the union between the State of Louisiana and other States united with her under the compact entitled “The Constitution of the United States of America.” We, the … Continue reading

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January 25, 1861: Georgia forms an army. And a navy.

Francis S. Bartow From the journals of the Georgia Secession Convention: THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 1861.   The Convention met in secret session.   Mr. Bartow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, made the following reports :   First : — … Continue reading

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January 24, 1861: Rep. Perry denounces secession

Nehemiah Perry It’s kind of long; if you don’t want to read it all, skip to the last paragraph, which is a gem. Congressional Globe, HR 36th congress, 2nd session. p. 550-551 Nehemiah Perry (D-NJ) Mr. Speaker, I recognize, today, … Continue reading

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