Saturday, December 1, 1860
The New York Times noted, almost in passing, that “secession flags are flying in many portions of the State, and that the secession feeling largely predominates there.”1
This was fitting, as on this day, the Florida legislature convened and resolved to hold a state convention to consider the idea of seceding from the Union. The convention was to take place in Tallahassee on January 3.
William Tecumseh Sherman, West Point graduate of 1840 and veteran of the Second Seminole War in Florida, became the first superintendent of the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy (later LSU) in Alexandria, Louisiana in 1859. On this day, long before even thoughts of becoming a great character in the drama hardly thought by anyone to be unfolding, Sherman wrote his younger brother, James Sherman (a future senator from their home state of Ohio), to share his prediction of what may happen.
“If Texas should draw off, no great harm would follow – Even if S. Carolina, Georgia, Alabama & Florida would cut away, it might be the rest could get along, but I think the secession of Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas will bring war – for though they now say that Free Trade is their Policy yet it wont be long before steamboats will be taxed and molested all the way down.”
- New York Times, December 1, 1860. [↩]