Category Archives: Secession

A Union Girl In The South 03: Dora Miller’s Civil War Diary, Jan 26, 1861

At the beginning of 1861, Dora Miller was a young girl living in New Orleans among her family and friends. But Dora felt very much alone. Everyone in New Orleans seemed wild with enthusiasm for having Louisiana secede from the … Continue reading

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A Union Girl In The South 02: Dora Miller’s Civil War Diary, Dec, 1860

In December of 1860 young anti-secessionist Dora Miller was almost alone among her New Orleans friends and family in her support for the Union. She had already decided to confide her patriotic thoughts to her diary because, as she said, … Continue reading

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A Union Girl In The South 01: Dora Miller’s Civil War Diary, Dec 1, 1860

I’ve been reading the diary of a young woman who lived in the South during the Civil War. One of the things that makes this diary so interesting is that its author was a staunchly pro-Union young lady living among … Continue reading

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Whose Heritage Does The Confederate Flag Represent?

As the Confederate flag is being taken down from places of honor in public places around the country, there are still many people who protest that such actions are unwarranted and hurtful. They insist that the flag they love is … Continue reading

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Virginia’s Governor urges use of slaves as Confederate Soldiers

By December of 1864 it was clear to anyone who cared to see that the Confederacy was fast approaching exhaustion. Union armies under Grant in Virginia and Sherman in Georgia had placed a chokehold on the military resources of the … Continue reading

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States rights would doom the Confederacy even if they won the war

Would the Confederacy have become a powerful nation if they had won the Civil War? Probably not. Their commitment to state sovereignty would have soon torn them apart. By the summer of 1864 Southerners were sick of the Civil War. … Continue reading

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The “blunder” in the Declaration of Independence

When the Confederate states seceded from the Union, they considered themselves, rather than the North, to be the true upholders of American liberty. It’s always been hard for me to understand how people who fought for the right to hold … Continue reading

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A Union Officer Learns That You Can’t Have It Both Ways

A militia officer is refused a commission because of divided loyalties The early months of 1861 were a tough time for the officer corps of the U. S. Army. Many of those officers, especially those from the South or from … Continue reading

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