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Chapter 3: the Confederate States' rebellion. On the fourth day of February, 1861, while the Peace Conference met in Washington to consider propositions of compromise and concession, the delegates of the seceding States convened in Montgomery, Ala., to combine and solidify the general conspiracy into an organized and avowed rebellion. Such action had been arranged and agreed upon from the beginning. The congressional manifesto from Washington, as far back as December 14th, advised thaWashington, as far back as December 14th, advised that we are satisfied the honor, safety, and independence of the Southern people require the organization of a Southern confederacy--a result to be obtained only by separate State secession. This agreement of the Washington caucus was steadily adhered to. The specious argument invented in Georgia, that we can make better terms outside of the Union than in it, and the public declaration of Mississippi's commissioner in Baltimore, that secession was not taken with the view of breaking up the present
Chapter 8: Washington. In celebrating the attack and the fall of Sumter at Montgomery by a con
ederate flag would float over the capitol at Washington before the first of May.
Whether this was t ce march overland to
Routes of approach to Washington. the capital.
Acting as yet under separate e from Mr. Seward.
The administration at Washington had not been unmindful of the dangerous cond o join rebellious Maryland in a descent upon Washington.
Serious as was the loss of Harper's Fer officers charged with the removal hurried to Washington to obtain superior orders; but their absence inia and Maryland with the keenest anxiety.
Washington, in tradition, tone, and aspiration, was ess largely upon the good faith and order of Washington City.
The whole matter had been under the alm sion of the telegraph offices and wires, and Washington went into the condition of an isolated and b y exposing the loyalty or disloyalty of many Washington officers, clerks, residents, and habitues wh [6 more...]