Re: Background Material: A call for Help from US Easterners
From: "Allan Goodall" <agoodall@h...>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2003 10:54:41 -0600
Subject: Re: Background Material: A call for Help from US Easterners
On 13 Dec 2003 at 9:33, email@example.com wrote:
> As to the Confederacy thing - I know that my co-worker (from
> Louisiana) tells me that Louisiana voted to stay in the Union until
> Lincoln levied troop quotas to go fight their 'relations' in the
> seceded states. Then Louisiana reconvened and seceded.
Sorry, but your co-worker has it wrong. Lincoln didn't levie troops
to fight against the south until April 15, 1861, the day after the
firing on Fort Sumter. Louisiana voted to secede on January 26, 1861.
In April, 1860, twelve delegates from Louisiana were sent to the
Democratic convention in Charleston. They left the convention
(seceded from it) along with delegates from Texas, Mississippi,
Arkansas, Florida, and South Carolina over compromise policies in the
Democratic party to keep the country together. As a result of the
split within the party, the delegates who stayed in Charleston voted
for Stephen Douglas to run for the presidency. The splinter group met
in Baltimore and chose John Breckinridge (Vice President, and later
Confederate General) as their nominee for the presidency. A new,
conservative party, the National Constitutional Union, formed
choosing John Bell to run for president. This party was less
secessionist and urged caution. In the presidential election of 1860
22,861 Louisianians voted for Breckinridge, 20,204 for Bell, 7,625
for Douglas. Lincoln wasn't on the ballot. Louisiana voted
secessionist in the presidential election, but it wasn't a majority.
Many in New Orleans and surrounding parishes voted for compromise.
The vote for Breckinridge was particularly strong outside of the
city, in the areas where there were a lot of plantations.
However, Governor Moore, who was sworn in earlier that year, was
clearly secessionist from the get-go. When it came time for Louisiana
to vote for secession, the vote wasn't even close: 80 secssionist
delegates were chosen, 44 co-operationists, and six "doubtfuls".
Louisiana voted overwhelmingly to secede from the Union.
So, your co-worker is in error. Louisiana was not as secessionist as
some states, but clearly far more secessionist than Virginia and the
border states. And the reason Louisiana left the Union wasn't to help
out her "relations", it was clearly (based on speeches and letters
made by Governor Moore and others) over the question of "African
Allan Goodall firstname.lastname@example.org
"You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely."
- Ogden Nash