Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Richmond the new capital, St. Louis Riots continue

St. Louis riots continue a 2nd day
  • Confederate Congress votes by States 5 to 3 to move the capital to Richmond, Virginia. The three against are Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama/1861 
  • In Wheeling, western Virginia, and San Francisco, California, pro-Union demonstrations are held though strong secessionist sympathies are also found in the Bay Area./1861
  • (Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Lyon)Image via Wikipedia
    US Capt N. Lyon
  • In St. Louis, Missouri, the disturbance and deaths which US Captain Nathaniel Lyon caused yesterday continues overnight. The city’s mayor, trying to calm the city, orders all saloons closed. Today shots are fired at the German Volunteers at the intersection of 5th and Walnut streets and once again they return fire into the mob. Capt. Nathaniel Lyon sends in the US 5th Reserve Regiment to handle the still-angry crowd of St. Louis civilians, and the regiment again fires on the citizens, killing six or seven. Eventually, Lyon restores Federal control by implementing martial law, and the outgunned secessionists slowly back down. Later in the evening, US General William S. Harney, Capt. Lyon’s commanding officer, returns to St. Louis and is most unhappy at Lyon’s provocation of the now hostile city. In reaction, the Missouri General Assembly approves the previously stalled “Military Bill,” putting Missouri on a war footing, granting
    Claiborne Fox JacksonImage via Wikipedia
    Gov. C.F. Jackson
    Governor Claiborne Jackson wide executive powers, and creating a new Missouri State Guard to resist the Union invasion with Sterling Price as its Major General. Unionists call it a "secession act in all but name."/1861
  • The US Navy begins the blockade of Charleston, South Carolina, with the arrival of the steamer Niagara./1861
  •  In Little Rock, Arkansas, a political clash between Governor Henry Rector and the Arkansas Secession Convention erupts regarding who holds authority in the now seceded state. The convention creates a military board to command the state’s armed forces, but many members of the militia refuse to follow the board’s orders./1861

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