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herself of prejudice, or at least to disguise her own real sentiments, and stand upon "neutral ground,” which is the only true position of the "historian," and to give only facts, without regard to party or political bearing,— writing not to win the friendship of any, but hoping for the favor of all. To record the circumstances, and give an account of the revolution as it is, the vastness of its
field of operations renders it a work of great labor to produce a history which shall be at once clear and minute, and such a one as shall be worthy to be preserved for generations yet to come, as well as a repository of the events of the time.
Professing to stand in the shade of obscurity, and sending forth this volume to tell its own story of the Rebellion," the writer leaves it to the sound judgment of an enlightened public to approve or condemn.
In conclusion, the authoress submits this her first edition on the "Rebellion" to that "august tribunal," the reading public of the nineteenth century, and can but express the hope that the eye of the critic will glance lightly over it, and the learned and able of the press will touch it with a gentle hand, for on them, in a great measure, depends the success of this work; therefore hoping they will give it a careful perusal, and speak of it according to its just merits.
J. B. F.
Presidential election, and its effects on the people,...
Bank suspension, and meeting of Congress,.
Opening prayer in the House,.
President Buchanan's Message read to both Houses, and transmitted
The Union-saving committee of thirty-three organized,.
Resignation of Howell Cobb, and his letter to the people of Georgia,....20
Exciting cabinet meeting at Washington in regard to Fort Moultrie.
The President's opposition, and resignation of Secretary Cass,.. 22, 23
Exciting letter from the wife of an officer at Moultrie,...
The United States forces in the Southern States, and resignation of Secre-
The Crittenden compromise,.
Robbery of the Indian Trust Fund bonds, in the Department of the Inte-
Caleb Cushing returns from South Carolina,....
Evacuation of Fort Moultrie,....
Description of Fort Sumter, and officers of the garrison,...
Exciting session of the cabinet, and demands of the South Carolina com-
Seizure of the slaver Bonita,..
Senator Benjamin's great secession speech in the United States Senate,..38
Senator Baker, of Oregon, replies to Senator Benjamin,....
An imaginary battle at Harper's Ferry,....
The Star of the West fired into in Charleston harbor,.....
Resignation of Secretary Thomas, and withdrawal of Southern senators,.44
Abraham Lincoln, President elect, left Harrisburg, secretly, for Wash-
Southern side of the question reviewed, with comments,.
Great mass-meeting of the citizens at Savannah,..
Resignation of Senator Chesnut, of South Carolina, and exciting street-
Resignation of Senator Hammond, and enthusiastic meeting in Charles-
Grand gathering of citizens of Charleston to inaugurate the revolu-
Arms and equipments of Virginia,
Response of the Governor of Texas to the people's call for an extra ses-
Letter written by Brigadier-General Semmes to the people of Georgia,..83
Fiery declaration of Governor Wise,.
The position of the people of Texas,.
Ministers engaged in the cause of treason,
Meeting of the South Carolina convention,.
Passage of the secession ordinance..
The "Minute-men" of Norfolk to South Carolina, greeting,.
Grand demonstration in honor of the secession of South Carolina
throughout the Southern States,.
Meeting of the South Carolina convention at Charleston,...
Major Anderson's removal from Fort Moultrie to Sumter,.
Governor Hicks refuses to convene the legislature of Maryland,........95
Resignation of Floyd, seizure of government property, shipments of
South Carolina convention passed an ordinance to define and punish
Major Anderson's action in reference to the firing into the "Star of the
Secession ordinance passed by Mississippi,.
Secession ordinance passed by Florida and Alabama,..
Lieutenant Slemmer's letter to the Florida commissioners,.
The people of South Carolina demand the surrender of Fort Sumter,...107
An attempt to assassinate the President elect in Baltimore,.....
The treason of General Twiggs,..
Concentrating troops at Charleston, and preparing for the conflict,....120
Military called out in Washington, to protect the Capitol; - oath of
Commencement of hostilities bombardment of Fort Sumter,........123
The fort surrendered,.
Incidents of the fight,..
Enthusiastic meeting of the Irish residents,.
The President's proclamation calling for troops,.
The Governor of Massachusetts calls out the Third, Fourth, Sixth and
Eighth Regiments, — also the Boston Light Artillery,.
The four regiments arrive in Boston,.