- 18 Mar 2019 12:17
March 18, Monday
Aging hero Sam Houston, governor of Texas, refuses to take an oath of allegiance to the new Confederacy because he does not believe that secession necessarily means adherence to the new nation. Now deposed, he quietly leaves his office.
President Davis writes Governor Pickens of South Carolina about their mutual concern for the defense of the coasts around Charleston. Beauregard’s command will be enlarged to include the Beaufort area. Davis doubts if “the enemy would retire peaceably from your harbor.” Of course, the Confederate President prefers that Major Anderson and the Federals leave peaceably with Fort Sumter undamaged.
At Washington President Lincoln continues to be intensely perturbed over Fort Sumter. Conferences and discussion are prolonged, and the President drafts a memorandum listing the points in favor of withdrawing the troops and the objections. At the time the President appoints Charles Francis Adams, scion of the famous Massachusetts Adams family, as Minister to Britain on Seward’s suggestion, and names William L. Dayton Minister to France, among other appointments. Adams, not yet an admirer of Lincoln, will prove one of the most capable and skillful diplomats ever to serve the United States.
Down at Pensacola, Florida, General Bragg forbids passage of further supplies to Fort Pickens and the Federal squadron offshore as a result of Fort Pickens’ being reinforced.
The Arkansas State Convention at Little Rock has defeated a move toward secession 39 to 35 and now unanimously adopts a resolution to provide for an election in August when voters will choose between secession or Federal cooperation.
We are all ignorant, only in different ways, and no one is as ignorant as an educated man outside his own field.
To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.