Skedaddle — the e-journal
January 12, 1861
New York Herald
Mr. Thomas yesterday resigned the post of Secretary of the Treasury, and the nomination of General Dix, Postmaster of New York, for the vacancy was sent to the Senate by the President, and confirmed without the usual reference. No nominations have yet been made for the War and Interior Departments. The resignation of Mr. Thomas and the appointment of General Dix have been brought about, it is said, by the subscribers to the government loan, who declined lending their funds to an administration of which avowed secessionists formed a part.
Florida and Alabama have seceded from the Union. An ordinance of secession was passed by the Florida Convention on Thursday, with but seven negative votes. The Alabama Convention adopted a secession ordinance yesterday. Four States have now bolted from the Union, as follows:
South Carolina Dec. 20.
Florida Jan. 10.
Mississippi Jan. 9.
Alabama Jan. 11.
Our dispatches from Washington announce an abatement of the excitement, in consequence of pacific news from Charleston. The authorities have relinquished possession of the steamer Marion, and she will resume her place in the line between Charleston and New York.
All the United States forts and arsenals in Louisiana were seized by the forces of the State yesterday. There was no opposition except at Baton Rouge, where Major Haskins, in command of two companies of soldiers, refused at first to surrender. Six companies of State troops were displayed, and after a conference between the Major and the Governor the former gave up the arsenal.
A dispatch from St. Louis states that yesterday morning, by order of General Scott, the federal troops took possession of the Sub-Treasury, Custom House and Post Office Building of that city.
The Legislature of North Carolina reassembled on Monday last, the 7th instant, after an interval of two weeks, during which the members have had time for reflection. The result of that reflection is that the first business taken up was the bill appropriating $300,000 for arming the State, and there is a general desire to make the appropriation at least one million. The bill has already passed the Senate. The peculiar attitude and harsh language of the republican party and leaders have operated with such wonderful rapidity on the feelings of the people that in the short space of fourteen days a complete change of sentiment has been effected among the hitherto conservative portion, and the State is now taking a position from which she will, perhaps, not recede. The Crittenden resolutions are popular in the State, but the belief grows stronger every day that it is folly to expect anything from a party who deny plain constitutional rights, and offer nothing at this tremendous crisis but coercion instead of justice and compromise..
The overland express, with San Francisco dates to the afternoon of the 29th ult., arrived at Fort Kearney at noon yesterday. The general news is unimportant. The weather was fine, but business remained very dull. The steamer of the 2st inst. would take about a million and a half in treasure. The Southern secession movement caused much discussion. It is said that the remark of Senator Latham, that California will remain with the Union of the North and West, is a correct representation of the opinion of a vast majority of the people.
Skating was resumed on the Central Park yesterday, with nearly all its former vigor. A large number of ladies were present, who threw off their former reserve and skated on the larger pond instead of that set apart for their special use.
Alabama is Out of the Union.
MONTGOMERY, January 11. — Alabama sends greeting to South Carolina: The Convention of her people today adopted the Ordinance of Secession from the Federal Union….
MONTGOMERY, January 11. — 9 p.m. — The city is illuminated from the capital to the river. Numerous buildings are magnificently lighted. When the Ordinance was passed, at half past two this afternoon, the bells were rung, salutes fired, and the community was all ablaze with enthusiasm. The streets at this hour are full. An immense crowd is assembled in front of Montgomery Hall. Hon. J.L.M. CURRY has just concluded. MATHEWS, of Mississippi, is now speaking. There is a perfect ovation among the people.
Diary of a Yankee in the Patent Office
by Horatio Nelson Taft
SATURDAY 12—Mr Sewards Speech is the great event of the day. Did not hear it. The Senate Chamber was crowded by 9 o’clock. Got letter from Julia through Chas. Wrote her today. Hardly know how to get her Home, or (in fact) whether it is best for her to come here to Washington at this Crisis. Went round to the Hotels this evening. Gave Mr Hoard M.C. from N.Y. name of exmr in Pat office who got pay in advance and then “Seceded” (R. R. Rhodes of Mississippi). Pay Clerk Hugh McCormick, all unlawful. The indications now are that Virginia & Maryland will both “secede.” Cold and windy today. Temperature about the same as yesterday.
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