The Confederacy gets bigger.

Today, North Carolina seceded from the United States, joining the Confederacy.

AN ORDINANCE to dissolve the union between the State of North Carolina and the other States united with her, under the compact of government entitled “The Constitution of the United States.”

We, the people of the State of North Carolina in convention assembled, do declare and ordain, and it is hereby declared and ordained, That the ordinance adopted by the State of North Carolina in the convention of 1789, whereby the Constitution of the United States was ratified and adopted, and also all acts and parts of acts of the General Assembly ratifying and adopting amendments to the said Constitution, are hereby repealed, rescinded, and abrogated.

We do further declare and ordain, That the union now subsisting between the State of North Carolina and the other States, under the title of the United States of America, is hereby dissolved, and that the State of North Carolina is in full possession and exercise of all those rights of sovereignty which belong and appertain to a free and independent State.

Done in convention at the city of Raleigh, this the 20th day of May, in the year of our Lord 1861, and in the eighty-fifth year of the independence of said State.

The interesting thing about this one is that it makes neither explicit nor implicit mention of slavery. It just dissolves North Carolina’s connection to the US.

Published in: on 20 May, 2011 at 18:22  Leave a Comment  

Fighting begins in Virginia

Well, all right, continues. Alexandria, VA, was captured on 24 April as part of the US’s effort to establish a safe zone around Washington, DC. There wasn’t much of a fight but there were two casualties.

At any rate, today the fighting at Sewell’s Point, Virginia began. Sewell’s Point guards the mouth of the harbor at Hampton Roads and more importantly, it offered a vantage from which artillery could be fired at US-occupied Fort Monroe. Naturally the Confederates began setting up guns there, and equally naturally the occupants of the fort sent a war-ship and an armed tug over to see what the hell was going on. The captain of the USS Monticello, the warship, took exception to the construction of breastworks and artillery emplacements and opened fire. The Confederates, after a startled pause, opened fire right back. There were no casualties during the two-day battle, and eventually Monticello limped back to Fort Monroe with several holes in her sides, the tug trailing behind.

Published in: on 18 May, 2011 at 11:24  Leave a Comment  
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The Union moves in a border state

Today in St Louis, Missouri, the Union army took steps to keep Missouri in the Union. It started when the pro-secession commander of the US Arsenal was removed in some political hocus-pocus, to ensure that a pro-secession governor could not seize the “sixty thousand muskets. . .forty-five tons of gunpowder, over one million cartridges, forty cannons, and all the necessary machinery to repair and manufacture more arms” (Source is this PDF document) that was housed there.

Governor Jackson formed up a secessionist militia anyway, and on 6 May ordered them to start training, while General Lyons of the US Army sat with his troops protecting what equipment he had not sent over the river into Illinois. The secessionist troops were at, natch, Camp Jackson.

On 10 May, Lyons grew weary of waiting and marched his 7,000 troops out and completely surrounded Camp Jackson and demanded that General Frost, the militia commander of the fort, surrender his forces. Frost eventually agreed, and the surrender was negotiated without a bit of bloodshed.

Except. Except. Lyons got too close to the rear end of an orderly’s horse, and got kicked in the stomach and knocked unconscious while the secessionist troops were marching out of the fort and forming up to be taken as POWs to the Arsenal and then sent on to…wherever the Union intended to send them. He lay senseless for nearly an hour, during which time a mob of restless pro-secession citizens formed. One of the civilians threw a clod of dirt, nailing a Union officer in the leg, and either he ordered his troops to fire at that point, or they mistook his startled exclamation for an order to fire, and they opened up into the prisoners and the civilian crowd.

When it was over, nearly 30 people lay dead and many more were wounded, including the Union officer whose startled oath or possibly order to fire had started the whole thing. St Louis and Camp Jackson were firmly in Union hands, but public sentiment in Missouri swung southward to the Confederacy among many people who had been on the fence.

Published in: on 10 May, 2011 at 04:02  Leave a Comment  
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