Friday, April 29, 2011

Maryland rejects secession

Maryland State House
  • In a dramatic moment in Annapolis, the Maryland House of Delegates votes on whether to call a secession convention. If approved, the District of Columbia would be left as an island surrounded by seceded states, Virginia to the south, Maryland to the other three points of the compass, and the Federal capitol would be forced to relocate north, possibly New York or Philadelphia. At the end of debate, the House of Delegates votes 53-13 to reject a secession convention, dashing the hopes of a sizable pro-secession group in Maryland, but the secession movement in Maryland, especially on the Eastern Shore, continues to be strong./1861
  • The Second Session of the Provisional Confederate Congress convenes in Montgomery, Alabama, and President Jefferson Davis announces that all the seceded states have ratified the Provisional Constitution. Davis also explains the reasons for secession, saying, “We protest solemnly in the face of mankind that we desire peace at any sacrifice save that of honor and independence.”/1861

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