Wednesday, March 16, 2011

150 Years Ago: Saturday, March 16, 1861

On March 16, 1861, the Confederate Congress recommended that William Yancey, Pierre Rost, and Dudley Mann be appointed commissioners to England to negotiate for recognition.

Also on this date, in Arizona, a convention at Mesilla votes to leave the Union and join the Confederacy.  The Confederate government would later establish a territorial government for Arizona.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Lee of the 1st U.S. Cavalry was promoted to colonel.  The commission would be signed by Lincoln on March 28.

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