"Charleston's worst Christmas: 1863 in S.C. brought Civil War shells, despair, and hope"

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brass napoleon

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Well, if they were wise, their WORST Christmas would have been the Christmas of 1860, just 5 days after their leaders led them into the abyss:

I do not believe the common people understand it, in fact, I know that they do not understand it; but whoever waited for the common people when a great move was to be made. We must make the move and force them to follow. This is the way of all revolutions and all great achievements, and he who waits until the mind of every body is made up will wait forever and never do any thing.

- Alfred P. Aldrich, South Carolina state legislator, November 25, 1860

Source: http://books.google.com/books?id=tNSWwZKpGUIC&pg=PA87&lpg=PA87
 

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Well, if they were wise, their WORST Christmas would have been the Christmas of 1860, just 5 days after their leaders led them into the abyss:
The majority of the common people voted for Nullification in 1830. Practically all South Carolinians favored secession in 1850, just not alone. By 1860 they were leaving with or without the other states. Their honor and safety demanded it.

Aldrich was speaking in regards to the common people of the other Southern states, the common people of SC had long understood and demanded secession.
 
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The majority of the common people voted for Nullification in 1830. Practically all South Carolinians favored secession in 1850, just not alone. By 1860 they were leaving with or without the other states. Their honor and safety demanded it.

Aldrich was speaking in regards to the common people of the other Southern states, the common people of SC had long understood and demanded secession.
Very possible. There certainly wasn't the dissent against secession in SC that there was in other Southern states.
 
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