Monday, March 7, 2011

Lincoln's Election Set Civil War in Motion

You can call it that straw that broke the camel's back or the final straw, but when Abraham Lincoln won the presidential election back on November 6, 1860, many of the Southern states felt they had no other recourse but to secede from the Union and start their own country.

Lincoln won primarily because the Democratic votes were split three ways, with John C. Breckinridge taking the South, John Bell the border states and Lincoln the northern states.

SECESSION:

South Carolina Dec. 20, 1860
Mississippi Jan. 9, 1861
Florida Jan. 10, 1861
Alabama Jan. 11, 1861
Georgia Jan. 19, 1861
Louisiana Jan. 26, 1861
Texas Feb. 1, 1861
Virginia April 17, 1861
Arkansas May 6, 1861
North Carolina May 20, 1861
Tennessee June 8, 1861

And So It Started. --Old B-Runner

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