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

Buchanan’s Questions Answered – But Still No Answer

Tuesday, November 20, 1860 President Buchanan received the answer to the five questions he asked Attorney General Jeremiah Black on the 17th. The reply came in the form of a lengthy letter. Basically, the states were subject to the laws of the Federal government while they remained in the Union. The president had all rightsRead 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

The End Will, Of Course, Be Secession Or Revolution

Saturday, November 17, 1860 The demonstrations and flag waving continued in Charleston. It was reported by telegraph to Northern newspapers that the “flags were increasing bravely.” The paper continued, “In fact, so rapidly have representations of the Palmetto and ‘Lone Stars’ made their appearance on our thoroughfares, that we have been unable to keep upRead More