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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 4: seditious movements in Congress.--Secession in South Carolina, and its effects. (search)
ting, many members from the Slave-labor States exhibited their treasonable purposes, some by a few words, and all by a refusal to vote. I do not vote, said Singleton, of Mississippi, because I have not been sent here to make any compromises or patch up existing difficulties. The subject will be decided by a convention of the people of my State. Hawkins, of Florida, said:--The day of compromise has passed. I am opposed, and so is my State, to all and every compromise. I shall not vote. Clopton, of Alabama, considered secession as the only remedy for existing evils, and would not sanction any temporizing policy. Pugh, of Alabama, said:--As my State intends following South Carolina out of the Union, by the 10th of January next, I pay no attention to any action taken in this body. No less than fifty-two members from the Slave-labor States refused to vote on this occasion. These comprised all of the South Carolina delegation, and most of those from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi,
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 7: Secession Conventions in six States. (search)
ery county in the State was represented, and the number of delegates was one hundred. William Brooks was chosen President. On the same day, the representatives of Alabama Benjamin Fitzpatrick and Clement C. Clay, Senators; James L. Pugh, David Clopton, Sydenham Moore, George S. Houston, W. R. W. Cobb, J. A. Stallworth, J. L. M. Curry, Representatives. in the Congress at Washington, on consultation, resolved to telegraph to the Convention their advice to pass an ordinance of secession immed a large number of Senators and Representatives, was scattered broadcast over the Slave-labor States, first by the telegraph and then in print. The document was sent out by Reuben Davis, with the following statement:--Signed by J. L. Pugh, David Clopton, Sydenham Moore, J. L. M. Curry, and J. A. Stallworth, of Alabama; Alfred Iverson, J. W. H. Underwood, L. J. Gartrell, James Jackson (Senator Toombs is not here, but would sign), John J. Jones, and Martin J. Crawford, of Georgia; George S. Ha