Antecedent Facts—Foreshadowing Events

George Washington Williams

in A History of the Negro Troops in the War of the Rebellion, 1861–1865

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780823233854
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240807 | DOI:

Series: The North's Civil War (FUP)

Antecedent Facts—Foreshadowing Events

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The two years immediately preceding the War of the Rebellion were teeming with unprecedented events. Almost every question of public interest was directly or indirectly connected with one phase or another of the slavery problem. Thirty years of vigorous anti-slavery agitation had forced men into or out of parties; had made them declare for the restriction or extension of slavery—its nationalization or extinction. Two great political parties, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, were confronting each other on the vital question—Freedom national and slavery sectional. On November, 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin were elected as president and vice-president of America. Unfortunately, the South regarded Lincoln's election as a casus belli. The wildest confusion and disgust prevailed at the South, while the North hailed the result as friendly to the country. The War of the Rebellion was formally opened by the South; and on April, 15, 1861, Lincoln issued a call for 75,000 troops. Neither the South nor the North admitted Negroes into the army.

Keywords: War of Rebellion; Negroes; slavery; Abraham Lincoln; Hannibal Hamlin; Democratic Party; Republican Party; army; South; North

Chapter.  2499 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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