The Civil War: Letters Home

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February, 1861
I believe these are confusing times in our history. My family lives in the south and we have a farm where we raise cotton and other crops that we sell to other families and businesses. This is how my family makes a living, off the land. Lately, I have been hearing a lot about the issues that our country is dealing with and have decided to write down my thoughts. Late last year, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States. In February of this year, 1861, The Confederate States of America were formed and Jefferson Davis was sworn in as the President. The Confederate States include South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina. All of these states seceded from the United States because they believe their rights have been violated. I am not sure I understand why there are now two countries and two Presidents. From what I am hearing around the house, we feel that our States’ Rights and the right to own slaves have been violated. That is why we seceded and formed the Confederate States of America. I have heard that the politicians of the South believe that the North is threatening their way of life and their culture. I have also heard that the politicians of the North are concerned that if the states in the south secede that it will strike a blow to the democratic government. I wonder why we can’t just get along with one another and respect each other’s rights. March 5, 1861 – Abraham Lincoln Inaugurated as President of the United States Well, yesterday, March 4th, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the President of the United States. He made a speech and tried to make peace with the Southern states, telling us that he would enforce the federal laws in the states that seceded. He did not make any threats, but he was firm about what his priorities would be. He promised not to interfere with the institution of slavery where it already...
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