Is There No Other Remedy for this State of Things but Immediate Secession?

Thursday, December 6, 1860 It had now been one month since Lincoln’s election. The panic and excitement over the affair had died down considerably. Much of the South was still considering secession, but the people had gone back to their daily lives, for the time being. Things were happening inside the legislative halls rather thanRead More

Buchanan’s State of the Union and an Idea Nobody Would Like

Tuesday, December 4, 1860 President Buchanan delivered his State of the Union address on this date. He first remarked that things weren’t so bad. The harvest had been a good one and there were “plenty of smiles throughout the land.” But that begged a question: Why is it, then, that discontent now so extensively prevails,Read More

Abolitionist Meeting Broken Up by Pro-Union Men

Monday, December 3, 1860 To commemorate the execution of John Brown, which took place December 2, 1859, abolitionists, including Frederick Douglass, held a widely advertised meeting in Boston’s Tremont Temple. John Brown, thinking himself “an instrument in the hands of providence,” on October 16, 1859, attempted to seize the Harpers Ferry arsenal to arm aRead More

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

Abolitionist Deported to the North

Monday, November 19, 1860 Joseph H. Ribero, a 31 year old, fair skinned, free black man from Georgia and carpenter by trade, arrived via steamer at the port of Boston. In the month of October, Ribero told a slave that if Lincoln was elected, the slaves would be set free. Getting wind of this, vigilantesRead More

A War Between Whites And Blacks Will Spontaneously Break Out!

Sunday, November 18, 1860 Secession fever was rippling through the South. Georgia had the largest population in the lower south (505,000 free – 462,000 slave), so her decision on whether or not to secede was every bit as important as South Carolina’s. Henry Benning, a famous (though currently unemployed) Georgia politician and long time supporterRead More

South Carolina to Raise an Army?

Tuesday, November 13, 1860 Confusing reports from Charleston told of Fort Moultrie (on Sullivan’s Island at the mouth of the harbor), being seized by the Charleston Light Infantry. As it turned out, the Light Infantry was detailed by the city to guard the fort against the threat of a mob attempting to seize it.1 MakingRead More