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Buchanan's Secretary of the Treasury recommends secession to his home state of Georgia

Howell Cobb, detail
12/06/1860
Howell Cobb, Secretary of State in the Buchanan Cabinet, wrote an open letter to the people of his home state of Georgia from his office in Washington, D.C.. He concluded that after the new Republican Administration took power "in my honest judgement, each hour that Georgia remains thereafter a member of the Union will be an hour of degradation, to be followed by certain and speedy ruin."  Cobb resigned from the Government two days later. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial History of the Civil War in the United States of America (Mansfield, OH: Estill & Co., 1866), 44.

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