October 22, 1860: The “Minute Men” organize to oppose the “Wide Awakes”; Kansas unimpressed.

A North Carolina secession cockade
North Carolina secession cockade – UNC library

As the Blue Gray Review recently noted, the Republicans weren’t the only party with a quasi-military marching society; Douglas’ supporters were organized as the “Little Giants”. A bit more ominously, secession-minded Southerners were also organizing.

From the Baton Rouge, LA Daily Advocate, October 22, 1860:

            South Carolina is Arming.—We are glad to see the people of our State everywhere preparing for the crisis which is at hand.  As an offset to the “Wide-Awakes” of the North, “Minute Men” are organizing in all the principal districts of South Carolina.  Their object is to form an armed body of men, and to join in with our fellow citizens, now forming in this and our sister States as “Minute Men,” whose duty is to arm, equip and drill, and be ready for any emergency that may arise in the present perilous position of the Southern States. 

In Kershaw, Abbeville and Richland Districts the organization is already complete and powerful, embracing the flower of the youth, and led on by the most influential citizens. The badge adopted is a blue rosette, two and a half inches in diameter, with a military button in the centre, to be worn upon the side of the hat.  Let the important work go bravely on, and let every son of Carolina prepare to mount the blue cockade. 

These informal groups never actually amounted to much, as it turns out. The Oskaloosa, KS Independent was pretty disdainful of the secession cockades:

Sensation among the Chivalry

The receipt of the election news from Pennsylvania and Indiana, has created a profound sensation among parties — the Carolinians are mounting their hats with cockades.

(By the way, Daily Observations on the Civil War ran the same item from the Baton Rouge Advocate today).

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3 Responses to October 22, 1860: The “Minute Men” organize to oppose the “Wide Awakes”; Kansas unimpressed.

  1. Pingback: South Carolina is Arming. — Daily Observations from The Civil War

  2. Mike Goad says:

    Thanks for the mention and the link.

    What a great idea! I’ve reciprocated and, where I notice it and have time, I’ll try to mention any other posts that have the same material, both here and on other blogs.

    For the most part, Daily Observations of the Civil War will not be deeply focused on the battles and skirmishes, but, rather, more on the personal side of the war.

    Again, thanks.

  3. Pingback: November 22, 1860: News from the South | Seven Score and Ten

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