Friday, April 29, 2011

150 Years Ago -- April 29, 1861

On Monday, April 29, 1861, the Maryland House of Delegates voted against secession 53-13.  The state would remain in the Union for the foreseeable future. (Maryland posts)

Also on this date, in Montgomery, Alabama, Confederate President Jefferson Davis addressed the Confederate Congress.  He began by noting that all the Confederate states had ratified the provisional Constitution.  Davis gave a history lesson detailing the causes of secession, and a progress report on the steps that had been taken in establishing a government and providing for the military defense of Confederate territory.  This speech would become known as his "all we ask is to be let alone" speech.  (Full text)

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