Lincoln Writes to Stephens for a Bit of Hope – Mississippi’s Had Enough

Friday, November 30, 1860 Lincoln had read about Alexander Stephens’s speech to the Georgia legislature on November 14. The speech, according to the northern papers Lincoln was reading, had printed that Stephens was calling not for secession, but to remain in the Union. Hoping for a possible ally in the South, he wrote to Stephens,Read More

A Day of Thanksgiving for the President-Elect and President Alike

Thursday, November 29, 1860 (Thanksgiving, Unofficial) Though Thanksgiving would not be a nationally-celebrated holiday until 1863, by the mid-1800s, it was a fairly well established unofficial holiday, much as we celebrate it now. The Lincoln Family attended services at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield and then partook of a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. Lincoln, however,Read More

Major Anderson Grows Impatient, Georgia’s Day of Prayer

Wednesday, November 28, 1860 Being five days since Major Richard Anderson sent his assessment of the forts in Charleston Harbor, he was growing anxious to hear back from Washington. So like anyone waiting for a reply that simply wasn’t coming, he tried again. “I presume that my letter of the 23d has been received, andRead More

Purchase As Many Negroes As You Need – A. Lincoln?

Tuesday, November 27, 1860 While Abraham Lincoln was accused in much of the south of being an abolitionist who wanted to free all the slaves immediately, at least one Mississippi plantation owner didn’t get that impression. This unnamed gentleman reported to the Chattanooga Gazette (which ran the story on this date) a different story. TheRead More

Secession Flag Raised in Baltimore

Monday, November 26, 1860 The Liberty Fire Company unfurled the Palmetto Flag of secession atop its steeple at the corner of Fayette and Liberty streets. A group calling itself The Southern Volunteers ran up the banner at 10am and offered South Carolina all the support for her cause that they could muster.1 The crowd thatRead More

The Likeness of Lincoln and a Bit of Advice

Sunday, November 25, 1860 This was Lincoln’s final day in Chicago. He, Hamlin and a friend spent the morning at St. James Episcopal Church, a well-off institution amidst one of the wealthier sections of town on the corner of Cass [now Wabash] and Huron. Lincoln parted with the group to have a lunch with hisRead More

Lincoln and Hamlin Finally Talk Shop

Saturday, November 24, 1860 Lincoln had been in Chicago since the afternoon of Wednesday the 21st. He and Vice-President-Elect Hannibal Hamlin spent much of the time meeting and greeting friends, well-wishers and office-seekers. Finally on Saturday, they had a chance to discuss their main reason for meeting: The Cabinet. This was originally supposed to beRead More

The Clouds are Threatening: Anderson’s Reckoning of Sumter

Friday, November 23, 1860 After assessing the situation of the Charleston harbor defenses, Major Robert Anderson reported the conditions. Going into this, he knew that he didn’t have enough troops to defend the forts. Fort Moultrie, on Sullivan’s Island at the mouth of the harbor, had but two companies of men and nine band members.Read More

Abraham Lincoln Elected President! – Pacific Northwest Finally Gets the News

Thursday, November 22, 1860 It took 16 days and travel by wire, Pony Express and steamer, but the Puget Sound area in Washington Territory finally knew the results of the November 6th election! The news arrived in Fort Churchill1 , near Carson City, Nevada via the Pony Express from St. Louis. Fort Churchill, was ableRead More

Lincoln and Hamlin Finally Meet While War Profiteers Already Profiteering

Wednesday, November 21, 1860 At eleven in the morning, Abraham Lincoln, his wife and a small traveling party boarded a train in Springfield to travel north to Chicago. Lincoln was to meet Vice President Elect Hannibal Hamlin for the first time. There, they would discuss who would be who in their cabinet. The ride wasRead More