Friday, March 18, 2011

Arkansas votes against secession

  • In Arkansas, a state convention called to consider secession votes down the proposal 39-35, but instead agrees to a public referendum in August on the secession question./1861
  • While hoping that the Lincoln Administration would peacefully withdraw Major Robert Anderson and his garrison from Fort Sumter and negotiate a financial settlement to compensate the United States for the property, President Jefferson Davis is skeptical. In a communiqué concerning the fortification of Charleston Harbor, Davis tells South Carolina Governor Francis Pickens that it is unlikely “the enemy would retire peacefully from your harbor.”/1861

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