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South Carolina statehouse raises the idea of a "Southern Confederacy"

South Carolina, 1857, zoomable map
The South Carolina House of Representatives voted through a resolution that "South Carolina is ready to enter, together with other slaveholding States, or such as desire present action, into the formation of a Southern Confederacy."  They went on to request that Governor William Henry Gist transmit this message to other southern state governors.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company, 1861), 403.


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