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Topics in Chronicling America - Civil War Secessions

A nation-breaking decision, the secession of eleven states from the Union divided not only geographical regions but pitted brother against brother. Here, we observe the actions that tore our country apart and nearly destroyed it forever. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.

Headline:  Virginia seceded

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Important Dates:

  • December 20, 1860. South Carolina risks all and secedes from the United States.
  • December 25, 1860. Late comical plea for South Carolina to not secede.
  • December 27, 1860. Reporting on South Carolinian militancy; A look at the cost of Secession.
  • January 11, 1861. Alabama drops the Stars and Stripes.
  • January 18, 1861. Louisiana elects a heavily-Secessionist delegation for upcoming state convention.
  • January 19, 1861. Georgia too abandons the Union.
  • February 5, 1861. Disunionists’ desire for Virginia to secede; different states’ views of secession.
  • February 23, 1861. The secession argument in a nut shell.
  • February 27, 1861. Letter from the Louisiana Commissioner calling for Texas to join Louisiana in secession.
  • April 17, 1861. Virginia disowns Uncle Sam.
  • May 9, 1861. How a Kentucky Editor Speaks; A southerner’s support of the Union.
  • May 20, 1861. North Carolina joins the Confederacy.
  • June 1, 1861. Northerner C.L. Vallandigham supports secession and the Confederacy.
  • June 8, 1861. Tennessee joins its southern brothers, becoming the final state to do so.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Civil War Secessions.
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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