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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 2: preliminary rebellious movements. (search)
t the said Government as worthless, impotent, and a nuisance. C. G. Gunther, Foreman, and nineteen others Florida, the most dependent upon the Union for its prosperity of all the. States, and the recipient of most generous favors from the National Government, was, by the action of its treasonable politicians, and especially by its representatives in Congress, made the theater of some of the earliest and most active measures for the destruction of the Republic. Its Legislature met at Tallahassee on the 26th of November, and its Governor, Madison S. Perry, in his message at the opening of the session, declared that the domestic peace and future prosperity of the State depended upon secession from their faithless and perjured confederates. He alluded to the argument of some, that no action should be taken until they knew whether the policy of the new Administration would be hostile to their interests or not; and, with the gravity of the most earnest disciple of Calhoun, he flippa
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 7: Secession Conventions in six States. (search)
t step in the necessary revolution, by declaring Florida no longer a member of the Union. The Convention assembled at Tallahassee, the capital of the State, a city of less than two thousand inhabitants, on the 3d, when Colonel Petit was chosen tempession of that place, on the 3d of March, 1862. It was directed to Joseph Finegan, Esq. (Sovereignty Convention), Tallahassee, Florida. Other Senators, as we shall observe hereafter, wrote similar letters to their constituents. These David L. Yles were sent free in the national mail, under the official frank of their more infamous authors. The Convention at Tallahassee was addressed by L. W. Spratt, of South Carolina, the great advocate of the African Slave-trade. Delegates were appoithe entrance to the bay. It contained about two thousand inhabitants at the time we are considering. the Convention at Tallahassee were working in harmony with the Legislature. They appointed Senators Mallory and Yulee, then in the Senate at Washin