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S. Constitution) expressly sought out and addressed this most acerbic issue. ” In short, the institution of slavery would be protected by constitutional mandate (although in the same breath the African slave trade was banned outright). Beginnings 17 The thirty-eight delegates of six seceding states (with Texas soon expected, as well) had gathered on February 4, 1861, weeks before the firing on Fort Sumter. Howell Cobb of Georgia had been elected president of the convention of secesh states that convened in Montgomery at the noon hour, and he lost no time in stating their common cause.

In Charleston, Beauregard takes command of his troops. March 4, Lincoln is inaugurated as sixteenth president. In a time of unprecedented crisis, the nation has a new president, a new administration from the Cabinet on down, and a political party—Republican—that is new to the seat of power. How will it all end? 26 Best Little Stories from the Civil War Better Angels Invoked At his inauguration on a cloudy but mild March 4, Lincoln doffed his black silk hat prior to delivering his inaugural address and…­hesitated.

And what does a successful Confederate spy do after the war is over? In Conrad’s case, it was a choice in keeping with his antebellum career: He eventually became a college president. And he married, to a woman named Minnie Ball. ) Swinging His Arms “Trifling in ranks,” read the first citation calling for demerits against the young West Point cadet. That was in 1857. ” And 1858 was hardly any better. ” April 3: “Hair out of uni­form”—Mark that one! May 14: “Gazing about in ranks. “ And so on, until his graduation from the Military Academy in June of 1861—after the Civil War had begun with the firing on Fort Sumter and a few other clashes.

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