20 April 2018

Causes of secession: Georgia

Georgia were to the point when setting out why they were declaring secession: The people of Georgia having dissolved their political connection with the Government of the United States of America, present to their confederates and the world the causes which have led to the separation. For the last ten years we have had numerous and serious causes of complaint against our non-slaveholding confederate States with reference to the subject of African slavery. ... Read more

19 April 2018

Causes of secession: Virginia

On 17 April 1861, the Virginia Secession Convention approved the wording of the state’s ordinance of secession, which seeks to repeal the US Constitution completely and make Virginia a sovereign state: AN ORDINANCE To Repeal the ratification of the Constitution of the United States of America, by the State of Virginia, and to resume all the rights and powers granted under said Constitution: The people of Virginia, in their ratification of the Constitution of the United States of America, adopted by them in Convention, on the 25th day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eight-eight, having declared that the powers granted them under the said Constitution were derived from the people of the United States, and might be resumed whensoever the same should be perverted to their injury and oppression, and the Federal Government having perverted said powers, not only to the injury of the people of Virginia, but to the oppression of the Southern slaveholding States. ... Read more

18 April 2018

The Battle of Poison Spring

On 18 April 1864, US forces sent a train out from Camden, Arkansas to capture bushels of corn discovered west of the town. The train was under the command of Colonel John Williams and escorted by around 1,100 troops from the first black unit of the Union army, the First Kansas Colored Infantry, composed primarily of ex-slaves. On the way back, the train was intercepted by around 3,600 Confederates. The first two attacks were fought off successfully, but after the third attack US forces retreated to Camden. ... Read more

17 April 2018

The H.L. Hunley

On 17 April 2004, the remains of the crew of the H.L. Hunley were laid to rest at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina. The Hunley was a Confederate submarine, the first submarine to sink an enemy ship. It was privately constructed by inventor Horace Lawson Hunley, and delivered to the Confederate navy. During preparations for its first test dive in Charleston, one of the crew accidentally stepped on a control lever and the sub dived with its hatches open. ... Read more

16 April 2018

Causes of secession: Alabama

Alabama passed an ordinance stating their reasons for declaring secession: Whereas, the election of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin to the officers of President and Vice-President of the United States of America by a sectional party avowedly hostile to the domestic institutions and to the peace and security of the people of the State of Alabama, preceded by many and dangerous infractions of the Constitution of the United States by many of the States and people of the Northern section, is a political wrong of so insulting and menacing a character as to justify the people of the State of Alabama in the adoption of prompt and decided measures for their future peace and security; Therefore, ... Read more

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