Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

1861. March 17. —A long and interesting telegram by the America. The Inauguration on the 4th had gone off without disturbance of any kind, in the presence of some thirty thousand persons. Mr. Lincoln’s address was both firm and mild,—firm against the constitutionality of secession, mild in assurances and language. Nothing in the telegram about convening the new Congress, nor about the new Tariff bill, though he noticed the passage of Corwin’s resolution to amend the Constitution by expressly prohibiting Congress from meddling with slavery in the States, and approved it.

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