Cullen Andrews Battle, Secession (American National Biography)

D. Scott Hartwig, "Battle, Cullen Andrews," American National Biography Online, February 2000,
Battle won a reputation as an orator of some repute. He entered politics and was a vocal advocate of the secessionist movement. In 1856 he was substitute elector on the Buchanan ticket, and during the 1860 Alabama Democratic State Convention, he was made a presidential elector on the motion of Senator William L. Yancey. He and Yancey traveled across the state and to Charleston, New York, Boston, and Philadelphia on an extended speaking tour.
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