Thursday, November 8, 1860
“The tea has been thrown overboard, the revolution of 1860 has been initiated.”
100 miles down the coast, at a rally in Savannah, Georgia, the first flag of secession was lofted upon the Nathanael Greene monument. It played on the old Revolutionary War motto “Don’t Tread On Me,” adding “Our Motto, Southern Rights, Equality of the States” before it.
The Georgia state government in Macon penned a declaration of independence, which listed the grievances they held against the North. It would not be formally adopted until the end of January (then called the Declaration of Causes of Secession). As might be imagined, slavery figured prominently into their reasoning, railing against anti-slavery factions in the Federal government.
Farther south, in Pensacola, Florida, Lincoln was hanged in effigy.
Though it might seem odd from the modern point of view, Lincoln had never met his running mate in person. As was customary, he didn’t even select who would be his vice president. The Republican Convention selected both him and Hannibal Hamlin.
It was on this date, two days after the election, that Lincoln wrote to Hamlin, suggesting that they should finally meet.
My dear Sir. I am anxious for a personal interview with you at as early a day as possible. Can you, without much inconvenience, meet me at Chicago? If you can, please name as early a day as you conveniently can, and telegraph me; unless there be sufficient time, before the day named, to communicate by mail. Yours very truly,
They would finally meet on November 21st.