The Long Recall: Another Great Civil War Blog

Mining similar territory to the New York Time’s Civil War Blog, The Long Recall chronicles the buildup to the U.S. Civil War.  The daily posts are “digests of the news and commentary that an intelligent American might have had accessible 150 years ago.”  Each day is a nice chunk of history and aggregated links from available news sources at the time.

Take for example, yesterday, December 1st:

Washington continues to welcome members of Congress back to the capital. There have been many ad-hoc meetings and opinions exchanged about possible solutions to the present turmoil.  A small victory for Union supporters: many Southern politicians are reported to have brought their families, a good sign they plan to stay in Washington for an extended period.

Yesterday the Military Committee of the South Carolina Legislature submitted a report with strategic assessments and recommendations.  In Georgia, the State Legislature debated a bill that would inflict a $2,000 fine on anyone selling a bale of cotton or a barrel of apples to a Northerner.

Secessionist fervor is not relegated to Southern men alone; in South Carolina, one reporter said “the mothers and wives of the State are contemplating cheerfully and undoubtingly the event that is at their very doors — not one month off — when their sons and husbands will go to the battle-field and lay down their lives in a contest which few suppose can be avoided.”  A woman in Georgia made this impassioned plea: “Which one of us would not urge a brother on in the good cause; which mother would not herself put the Minute rifle in the hand of the tardy son, and bid him go for his country; which wife would not stay alone and unprotected rather than her husband should not be at his post — and that the bloody battle field.”

The President-elect has read a transcript of Mr. Stephen’s speech against secession to the Georgia Legislature; Mr. Lincoln “isreported to have said that the best item of news he had received since the 6th of November was that of Mr. Stephens’ election as delegate to the Georgia State Convention.”

Great stuff from The American Interest Magazine. [via mefi]

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