November 22, 1860: News from the South

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch, Nov. 22, 1860:

In Norfolk. Va., Monday night, a “large and enthusiastic” meeting of “Minute Men” was held at which a “Chief” was chosen. A letter was read from a gentleman in New York, asking to be enrolled for service whenever required Sironz resolutions of resistance to Northern oppression were adopted, and the meeting adjourned with “three cheers for the man that hung John Brown.” A telegram, which brings the above information, adds: “blue cockades are plentiful on our streets today” Below we give the latest news from the South.

The cockades, as noted before and elsewhere, were symbols of secessionist sentiment.

The full news item from the Dispatch goes on to report a secession meeting in Wilmington, NC:

That the people of the State want a Convention, and will shortly demand one from the Legislature, we have no doubt, unless we are very much mistaken or misinformed, and we do not think we are.

In Alabama, Bell and Breckinridge partisans bury their differences:

John T. Morgan, late Breckinridge Elector for the State at large, and William Philips, a prominent Bell man in West Alabama, were nominated this day to represent Dallas county at the Convention. The meeting was the largest ever held in the county, and strong secession resolutions were passed unanimously. Mr. Phillips has heretofore been a strong Union man, but is now a secessionist.

In South Carolina, a military parade:

There was a parade in Columbia of the third brigade of Richland District Volunteers; the companies were all full and looked remarkably well. Instead of Regiments, as with you, they are here called brigades. The parade yesterday consisted of one company of cavalry, one of artillery, with two brass field-pieces, two companies of infantry and two of rifleman, all in showy uniforms. They were marched to the College Green, at the east end at the town, and put through a server drill, which lasted over three hours. Men of all classes and conditions belong to the military here gentlemen in the ranks as privates were pointed out to me as the owners of hundreds of negroes, with lands to correspond, whose commissioned officers were men who earned their daily bread by the sweat of their brow. Here was a flue military display in the United States, with a total absence of the glorious national banner. True, the companies all carried the stripes on their flags, but the stars were wanting, and in their place was the Palmetto. After the general parade, one of the rifle companies went through the Zouave drill quite creditably.

In Savannah, GA, the raising of a secessionist flag:

On Saturdayafternoon, at Savannah, an immense crowd of citizens assembled in

Reynolds’ Square, and in the vicinity of the Armory of the Republican Blues, to witness the raising the Colonial flag by that gallant corps Upon the flag-staff, a flag with the national stripes, but with only fifteen stars, had been flying during the afternoon. Underneath this a horizontal staff, extending over the pavement, had been rigged to receive the new flag, which at a given signal was thrown to the breeze, amid the shouts and cheers of the spectators. A salute of fifteen guns was fired by a detachment of the Chatham Artillery. The banner, which measures 14 by 8 feet, bears on one side a single star, with the words “State Action.” On the other side is represented a live oak tree, with the rattlesnake and the motto “Don’t Tread on Me.” At the top the words “Republican Blues.” The flag is handsomely painted by Mr. Thos. W. Shea. of Savannah.

But in Culpeper County, VA, a rather hesitant meeting:

A meeting of the citizens of Culpeper county, Va., to consider the present aspect of Federal affairs and the state of the Union, was held at Culpeper Court-House on Monday last. Addresses were delivered by James w. Green, Dr. Stringfellow, George Parnell, Henry Shackleford, P. B. Smith, Horace Shackleford, C. P. Moncure, and others. A resolution requesting the Governor to call an extra session of the Legislature at an earlier date than it is called together in his proclamation, was introduced and laid on the table.– Some of the speakers made eminently conservative speeches, while others took ground in favor of secession. The meeting without definite action, adjourned until next Court.

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