Monthly Archives: February 2011

February 18, 1861: Lincoln in Albany

The president-elect continued his journey to Washington, arriving in Albany, the state capital of New York. ALBANY, Monday, Feb. 18. At Utica the train was delayed longer than was anticipated, to allow a heated journal to cool. The vast crowd … Continue reading

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February 17, 1861: Lincoln goes to Unitarian church in Buffalo

From the New York Times: BUFFALO, Sunday, Feb. 17. Mr. LINCOLN attended the Unitarian Church this morning with Ex-President FILLMORE, and subsequently dined with him. Special train leaves for Albany to-morrow morning at 5:45. Five of Gov. MORGAN’s staff and … Continue reading

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February 16, 1861: Lincoln mobbed by fans in Buffalo

Lincoln continued his progress toward Washington DC, but security was a problem. A huge crowd showed up to see him in Buffalo. From the New York Times: BUFFALO, Saturday, Feb. 16. On his arrival at Buffalo Mr. LINCOLN was met … Continue reading

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February 16, 1861: Gen. Twiggs surrenders Texas forts

Surrender in San Antonio David E. Twiggs The New York Times reported: “The Texas forts are all in the possession of Commissioners appointed by the Convention. Gen. TWIGGS surrendered them on demand. The troops are allowed to march to the … Continue reading

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February 15, 1861: The Peace Conference is a bust

John Tyler From the New York Times: WASHINGTON, Friday, Feb. 15. The report of the Committee of One from each State to the Peace Conference to-day was presented and ordered printed. The members of the Committee who disagree with the … Continue reading

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February 14, 1861: Lincoln says majority should rule

Lincoln’s journey to Washington continues. In Steubenville, OH, he says that the majority should rule the country — which doesn’t seem controversial, but in the context of the various Southern efforts to get the Crittenden Compromise implemented, perhaps it needed … Continue reading

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February 13, 1861: “The South is now in the formation of a Slave Republic”.

From a letter by Leonidas W. Spratt, former editor of the Charleston Standard and commissioner from South Carolina to the Florida Secession Convention. This letter was sent to a Louisiana legislator, urging that the slave trade be reopened; he used … Continue reading

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February 12, 1861: Lincoln gets a suspicious package

Lincoln’s journey to Washington continues. From the New York Times: CINCINNATI, Tuesday, Feb. 12. The entire trip from Indianapolis was one continual ovation, and many interesting incidents occurred. During the passage through Mr. LINCOLN remained in the private saloon the … Continue reading

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February 11, 1861: Lincoln’s gaffe in Indianapolis?

Abraham Lincoln The president-elect began his journey from Springfield, IL to Washington on February 11. One of his first stops was Indianapolis, where he made an uncharacteristically candid speech, reported here in the Richmond Daily Dispatch. Speech as reported in … Continue reading

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February 10, 1861: Davis gets the news.

Jefferson Davis While at Brierfield for only three or four days, on February 10, 1861, Davis and Varina were gently tending their roses when a rider on horseback approached to deliver the most important telegram of Davis’s life. Varina recalled … Continue reading

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