counting upon it, counted with absolute confidence; and openly proclaimed their reliance in debate.
Florida, as the representatives of that State confessed on the floor of Congress, might in itself be of small account; but Florida, panoplied with sovereignty, was hemmed in and buttressed against assault by protecting sister States.
So, in his history, James F. Rhodes asserts that—The four men who in the last resort made the decision that began the war were ex-Senator Chestnut, Lieutenant-Colonel Chisolm, Captain Lee, all three South Carolinians, and Roger A. Pryor, a Virginia secessionist, who two days before in a speech at the Charleston Hotel had said, I will tell your governor what will put Virginia in the Southern Confederacy in less than an hour by Shrewsbury clock.
Strike a blow!
(Rhodes, United States, Vol.
III, p. 349.) The blow was to be in reply to what was accepted as the first overt effort at the national coercion of a sovereign State—the attempted relief of Sumter