Countdown to the Civil War: April 3, 1861

The New York Herald reported on this date that the struggle for dominance between the two confederacies (the Confederate States and the Union) had already begun.  The story mentions that Mr. Case had notified Northern customs official that the entry of goods destined for the secessionist states would no longer be accepted.

A Baton Rouge newspaper reported that the flag of the Confederacy had been flown on April 2nd.

A Confederate battery fired on the ship, Rhoda H. Shannon in Charleston Harbor and South Caroline ratified the Constitution of the Confederate States.

Rachel Norcross’s diary, April 3, 1861

The weather continues cool and showery. The only thing Stuart seems interested in is not whether we will go to war, but when! I don’t even have the comfort of visiting the Westbrooks since Elsa has come down with scarlet fever.

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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Enjoying the history lessons!

  2. Oooh. I love diary excerpts.

  3. The history is a bit dry, but the diary excerpts bring it right to life. Excellent idea!


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