Tag Archive | Fort Sumter

Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm… Federalist No. 10

Although this is a very interesting book its title can be misconstrued and help perpetuate a fundamental understanding of the War for Southern Independence that is wholly incorrect. While we have illustrated it faithfully with prints from the Library of Congress we were unable to locate any depictions of the 20,000 strong Confederate army ready […]

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights… Napoleon Bonaparte

The following illustration epitomizes the propaganda efforts of the union sympathizers during the war. Unfortunately Neely’s book is not much more than an extension of the propaganda although he has been sanctified by anointing by the victor’s press. Even that can not make his book worthwhile. Just as the Southern governors would send their militias […]

If I thought this war was to abolish slavery, I would resign my commission and offer my sword to the other side… Ulysses S. Grant

The “popular” history of the Civil War is largely incorrect, written by the victors – as most history is, those parts that do not coincide with the “official” version are conveniently overlooked or actively suppressed. You will not, for instance, find Grant’s quote anyplace in this collection of “voices”. The problem with this book is […]

Commerce raiding has always been a recognized and accepted method of sea warfare. It is probable that no individual naval commander nor any single ship in our long history has recorded a more spectacular success in that field than Captain Raphael Semmes of the Confederate Navy and his C. S. S. Alabama… DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY — NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER

Gunsmoke over the Atlantic : first naval actions of the Civil War    New York : Bantam Books, 2002 Jack D. Coombe United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Naval operations Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. xix, 268 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [251]-257) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding […]

“The temper of the Republicans is not to give us our right in the Union, or allow us to go peaceably out of it” … Jefferson Davis to Francis W. Pickens, Governor of South Carolina

I cannot place any confidence in the adherence of the [Lincoln] administration to a fixed line of policy. I take it for granted that the time allowed to the garrison of Fort Sumter has been diligently employed by yourselves, so that before you could be driven out of your earthworks, you will be able to […]

I am authentically informed that the Forts in Charleston Harbor are now being thoroughly prepared to turn, with effect, their guns upon the interior and the city. Jurisdiction was ceded by this State expressly for the purpose of external defense from foreign invasion, and not with any view that they should be turned upon the State… Governor Francis W. Pickens writing on the 17th of December 1860

Almost totally missing from this account is Lincoln’s actions with regard to the South Carolina delegation that did everything they could to resolve the Sumter issue – he ignored them publicly and subverted them privately, a course he had followed since he was president-elect. This book is like one of those historical prints that shows […]

When one with honeyed words but evil mind Persuades the mob, great woes befall the state… Euripidies

A rising thunder : from Lincoln’s election to the Battle of Bull Run : an eyewitness history    New York, NY : HarperCollins, c 1994   Richard Wheeler United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Campaigns Hardcover 1st ed. and printing. xviii, 413 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 397-400) and index. Clean, […]