22 April 2018

Jefferson's prediction of civil war

On 22 April 1820, Thomas Jefferson had written to John Holmes, predicting that the Missouri Appeasement would eventually lead to the destruction of the USA: …I considered it at once as the knell of the Union. It is hushed indeed for the moment. But this is a reprieve only, not a final sentence. A geographical line, coinciding with a marked principle, moral and political, once conceived and held up to the angry passions of men, will never be obliterated; and every new irritation will mark it deeper and deeper. ... Read more

21 April 2018

Mosby's Raiders disband

On 21 April 1865, Mosby’s Raiders disbanded without formally surrendering. John Mosby was a Confederate leader nicknamed “The Gray Ghost” for his hit-and-run raids on US facilities. His Raiders or Rangers were a group of guerrilla secessionists who did not wear uniforms, just one or more items of gray clothing. They would attack without warning, retreat as soon as battle turned against them, and destroy rail lines and bridges before disappearing back into the civilian population. ... Read more

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

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