Treachery in Texas? Mission to Charleston

Texas became the seventh state to secede from the Union in February 1861.  In the aftermath of secession, David Twiggs, the commander of United States troops in the state, negotiated with Texas officials to surrender the Union installations and garrisons … Full Post

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Jefferson Davis: Confederate President

On February 18, 1861, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as provisional president of the Confederate States of America.  A native of Kentucky and graduate of West Point, Davis had served in the Mexican War and had served in both the U.S. … Full Post

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The South Forms a Government

During the second week of February, Southerners assembled in Montgomery, Alabama, approved a new constitution for and elected Jefferson Davis President of a new nation: The Confederate States of America. At this same time, Abraham Lincoln began his journey to … Full Post

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