Mr. Shelby Foote

I would never dream of either referring to or addressing the highly regarded Mr. Foote by his given name unless invited to do, and since I am unable to speak to ghosts – Mr. Foote it shall be. (However, in the interest of clarity: I refer to none other than prolific author and distinguished gentleman, Mr. Shelby Foote.) I am convinced that Mr. Foote must have been the among the finest of Confederate Generals in a past life to have effused such depth and breadth of understanding of such intimate knowledge in this one, therefore, he is my favorite Civil War “persona”. I could spend hours listening to him describe anything as mundane as paint drying, and if you could too – you will find more than 4 exquisite HOURS of Mr. Foote discussing more enthralling topics via the advanced search page on

Published in: on January 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Secession Question

Both have value, but which is historically more important –

The date when a State seceded from the Union, or when it was admitted to the Confederacy?

January 1861 was a hot and busy month, the following states passed Secession Ordinances:

Mississippi, January 9.

Florida, January 10.

Alabama, January 11.

Georgia, January 19.

Louisiana, January 26.

And on January 16, the “Legislature of Arkansas voted to submit the question of a State Convention to the people” 1, but… on January 30, the “Legislature of North Carolina passed a bill submitting the question of a State Convention to the people – the first recognition the the seceding States that people had any right to a voice in the matter“.  2


On January 2,”the Legislature of Delaware passed a joint resolution in opposition to Secession” 3, and on January 5,”Gov. Hicks, of Maryland, published a strong Union address to the people, refusing to call a Convention”. 4


Read a fascinating play-by-play of all the action in R. S. Fisher’s book, A Chronological History of the Civil War in America over at the Internet Archive.



1; 2; 3; 4: Fisher, Richard S., A Chronological History of the Civil War in America (Johnson and Ward, 1863) p. 14; 16; 11; 12.

Published in: on January 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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