Discussion in 'Civil War History - Secession and Politics' started by wilber6150, Dec 29, 2010.
Potts was in a bind. A Unionist in secession fervor. Not a comfortable place to be.
Alexander Stephens Testimony to the Joint Committee on Reconstruction
Originally posted by bellaray, this is testimony former CSA VP Alexander Stephens gave before the Joint Committee on Reconstruction on April 11, 1866:
Statistics about U.S. Wars: Participation, Casualties and Cost
Originally posted by jgoodguy, this is a series of charts that show statistics about all American wars up to the first Gulf War, in terms of military participation ratio, casualties, and financial cost:
South Carolina Secession Declaration Debate
Here's a transcript of the South Carolina secession convention's debates over the Declaration of Causes of Secession:
Chronology of the Prisoner of War Exchange and Parole Cartel
Originally posted by M.E. Wolf, this is a chronology of the prisoner of war exchange and parole cartel:
I just found this website. It's an excellent resource.
Database of Soldier Letters
Here's a searchable database of letters written by Union and Confederate soldiers:
Staunton Vindicator article on the economics of slavery
Originally posted by Unionblue, this is an April 12, 1861 article in the Staunton (Virginia) Vindicator about the economics of slavery, including partial figures of tax revenues collected in slaveholding and non-slaveholding counties:
Here's a comprehensive timeline of secession, with bibliography, from the Museum of Southern History:
Proceedings of the Alabama Secession Convention
Here are the proceedings of the Alabama Secession Convention, January 1861, by delegate William R. Smith:
Good sources, brass napoleon, keep 'em coming!
U. S. Constitution documents and resources
Here's a good web-site with all kinds of information about the U.S. Constitution:
Among other things, the site contains many letters written by James Madison, including this one written to Nicholas Trist in 1832 about the constitutionality of secession (originally posted by RCinOK):
and this one, published in the National Gazette in 1791, about consolidation:
Primary Documents in American History
Originally posted by Nick Fury, this site contains multiple primary documents about American history:
George Washington Papers on the Constitution
George Washington, on the making of the Constitution:
Many thanks, brass, for keeping this thread alive. The goal of "whatever you want to know is here" grows with everytime you lift a link and put it here. An awesome resource!
George Washington "cover letter" presenting the finished Constitution
Letter of the President [George Washington] of the Federal [Constitutional] Convention, Dated September 17, 1787, to the President of Congress, Transmitting the Constitution:
Thanks for that, brass. It seems that Washington, like Grant, used fewer words to say more than their contemporaries.
I agree. He certainly was a lot more succinct than James Madison. Interestingly though, in the case of the "cover letter" I posted above, the writing was actually done by Gouvernor Morris, at least according to Catherine Drinker Bowen (author of Miracle at Philadelphia). Washington signed the letter on behalf of the entire convention.
It would seem that florid writing, however noble, didn't replace the direct.
Minutes of the Virginia Secession Convention
Originally posted by NedBaldwin, this site contains the full minutes of the Virginia Secession Convention and all kinds of related information:
Separate names with a comma.