Monthly Archives: March 2011

March 31, 1861: Choctaws go with the South

Peter Pitchlynn, in 1860 Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation From the Leavenworth (Kansas) Times: Fort Washita, C. N., March 31, 1861.     Editor Times: Since my last, I have not had an opportunity to inform you of the doings here, … Continue reading

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March 30, 1861: I am ready to lay down the office rather than yield to usurpation and degradation.

As Blue Gray Review has pointed out, the Texas Convention had assumed all the powers of government by this time. Texas Governor Sam Houston was called by the Convention to appear before it and take an oath of allegiance to … Continue reading

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March 29, 1861: Charleston anxious

South Carolina governor Francis Pickens From the New York Times‘ Charleston correspondent: CHARLESTON, Friday, March 29. We have no expectation that Fort Sumpter will be evacuated on Saturday. The delay is worrying the people here greatly. The State Convention has … Continue reading

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March 28, 1861: Mississippi Troops leave for Pensacola

The Hugh Craft House in Holly Springs (Troops could have passed by here.) From the Memphis Daily Appeal: The Mississippi Troops at Holly Springs. Editors Appeal: After witnessing the glorious reception of the Mississippi troops in Memphis yesterday afternoon, I … Continue reading

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March 27, 1861: Texas unionists

As we’ve seen earlier, the Alamo Express had little use for secessionists. Here they note approvingly that there are some home-grown union troops in town. Our dull and gloomy city was enlivened by a pleasant and stiring [sic] event on … Continue reading

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March 26, 1861: More on the Memphis synagogue

After the somewhat flippant articles the previous week, the Memphis Daily Appeal seems to be trying to make it up to them with this piece. Did the rabbi pay them a visit? The Synagogue.— The passover services begin at 8 … Continue reading

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March 25, 1861: New Yorkers see some new flags

From the New York Times, March 25, 1861: Two strange flags, flying, the one from the foretopmast-head, and the other at the mizzen-peak of a vessel lying at one of the North River piers, on Saturday, attracted public attention. A … Continue reading

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March 24, 1861: Keziah Brevard’s diary

From the diary of Keziah Brevard, Sunday, March 24, 1861: I left Mrs. Jones this morning & came to Beulah Church — Miss Hammond played on something — but her music was too fast for church music — there were … Continue reading

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March 23, 1861: A rant from the Charleston Mercury

The New York Times reprinted an item from the Charleston Mercury on March 23, 1861: The Charleston Mercury, of March 19, has a furious article headed, “Reap the Whirlwind.” These are its concluding paragraphs: “To talk of attempting to ‘subjugate’ … Continue reading

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March 22, 1861: Bragg prohibits shipping to Ft. Pickens

Gen. Braxton Bragg From the New York Times: NEW-ORLEANS, Friday, March 22. It is understood that the Confederate Commissioners to Europe, will not leave till the 31st inst. By proclamation of Gen. BRAGG, all vessels are prohibited to furnish supplies … Continue reading

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