1861 March 30 House of Delegates, Richmond, Va.

Speech of Joseph Segar, esq., of the York district in the House of Delegates I call you to witness, Mr. Speaker, that hitherto I have beenstrictly silent as to the great questions of federal import thathave been discussed off and … Continue reading

1861 March 27 Richmond, Va.

Dear Sister, I have not heard from yousince I left home; but, thank God, with avigorous constitution, I have been able to bearup and have been enjoying tolerable goodhealth.–My reason for not enjoying myChristmas with you was on account ofa … Continue reading

1861 March 22 Recess

Dear Genl. [John H. Cocke] ….P.S. I am truly sorry that we were disappointed in the action of our Virginia Convention.Secession is in a minority & likely to be in oneunless the Lincoln (or rather Seward)administration attempt coercion, thenwe may … Continue reading

1861 March 22 University of Virginia

Messrs Editors: The Spirit of Secession is rampant here. LastFriday — one week ago — the sun rose upon the flagof the Southern Confederacy floating from the topdome of the Rotunda of the University. As soon asit was discovered the … Continue reading

1861 March 15 New York, N.Y.

A POEM COMPRISING A FEW THOUGHTS SUGGESTED BY THE Assault on our glorious Flag IN 1860-’61.TO MISS JOSEPHINE VAN BUREN, WHOSE INTELLIGENCE AND MORAL WORTH ARE ONLY EQUALLED BY HER UNASSUMING GOODNESS AND LOVELINESS, This Little Volume IS RESPECTURLLY DEDICATED … Continue reading

1861 March 14 Virginia State Convention, Richmond

Ex-President Tyler resumed his remarks, and said: (a lengthy examination of the unfavorable/unacceptable terms of the Peace Convention in Washington) Now, Mr. President, I want seriously to know of this Convention, what are you going to do? You cannot stand … Continue reading

1861 March 13 Virginia State Convention, Richmond

Speech of Hon. John Tyler, ex-president of the United States Mr. President, an aged man who had retired from the pursuits of busy life, surrounded by those comforts which should most properly surround one whose life had been spent in … Continue reading

1861 March 11 Johnsontown Virginia

Dear Tom (Thomas M. Scott) I received your letter a few daysago-& embrace this opportunity to respond.I have just returned from Court,had quitea spirited time. Messrs Spady[?], Fletcher[?] andothers delivered a speech in behalf of SouthernRights, The Volenteers of the … Continue reading

1861 March 11 Milledgeville

Constitution of the Confederate States of AmericaTen thousand copies ordered by the Georgia State Convention We, the people of the Confederate States, each Stateacting in its sovereign and independent character, in orderto form a permanent federal government, establish justice,insure domestic … Continue reading

1861 March 8 Richmond, Va.

Speech of Hon. William C. Rives, on the proceedings of the Peace Conference and the State of the Union ….Fellow-citizens, the time has come for reason, for deliberation, for sober and wise discretion. At whose bidding is Virginia to go … Continue reading