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Ferrill, Julius A. (d. 1861) [Resolutions of the Southern Rights Vigilance Club]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00837 Author/Creator: Ferrill, Julius A. (d. 1861) Place Written: Savannah, Georgia Type: Manuscript signed Date: November 1860 Pagination: 4 p. ; 32 x 20 cm.

Signed by Ferrill with over 25 others. Concerns their opposition to Abraham Lincoln and abolitionism. Resolves to "resist and prevent" Lincoln's inauguration (if elected), to offer their services to any seceding state, to resist anyone who would take office in Savannah under a Lincoln administration, and to join any organization dedicated to "protecting Slave property in the territories." Legal folio with six blank sheets.

Ferrill died fighting for the Confederacy at Manassas the following year.
In May, the Constitutional Union party, which consisted of conservative former Whigs, Know Nothings, and pro-Union Democrats nominated John Bell of Tennessee for President. This short-lived party denounced sectionalism and tried to rally support around a platform that supported the Constitution and Union. Meanwhile, the Republican party nominated Abraham Lincoln on the third ballot. The 1860 election revealed how divided the country had become. There were actually two separate sectional campaigns: one in the North, pitting Lincoln against Douglas, and one in the South between Breckinridge and Bell. Only Stephen Douglas mounted a truly national campaign. The Republicans did not campaign in the South and Lincoln's name did not appear on the ballot in ten states.
Intense anti-Union feelings marked the campaign in the South, where groups like the Southern Rights Vigilance Club of Savannah, Georgia threatened secession in the event of Lincoln's election. In the final balloting, Lincoln won only 39.9 percent of the popular vote, but received 180 electoral college votes, 57 more than the combined total of his opponents.

In the present excited State of the Country, when the foundations of the Republic trembles under the shock of contending factions, and the mass of the people are distracted and divided by designing demagogues, we The Southern Rights Vigilance Club of Savannah regretting the apathy that prevails among us, and the culpable neglect in failing to prepare for the comming issue, while every breeze from the north brings us tidings of the mustering of the abolition hordes under the names of Wide Awakes, for the avowed purpose of forcing their loathsome Candidate and territorial doctrines upon an unwilling section-- We The Southern Rights Vigilance Club of Savannah professing loyalty to the constitution yet preferring first and last our own institutions to every other and loving our own Sunny South with an affection warmer and more devoted than the present so called Union, after waiting in vain for older heads to take steps to vindicate the honor and preserve the social organization of our section, have banded ourselves to-gether for her support - And that all may know the solemn & earnist object of our union.
Be it Resolved
1st That in the event of the election to the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln that we will unite with any organization that will resist and prevent his inauguration
2nd That we do offer our services to any State which shall secede from the union and refuse to submit to a government administered by Abolitionists
3rd That we pledge ourselves to make Savannah too warm a climate for any man who may degrade himself and disgrace our City by accepting office under such an administration
4th That we pledge ourselves to join any organized body in protecting slave property in the territories
[3] Names of Members
William H. Wylly
Chad. C. Hunter
Robt.. J. Wade
Jas. Hamilton
Julius A. Ferrill
Rip Sweat
Jno. D. Munnerlyn
C. H. Morel
I. C. Thompson
Jno. H. Deppish
Wm B. Mell Jr
Julius J. Smith
Jas A Davis Jr
[struck: John H Wright]
W A Walker
J. K. Munnerlyn Jr
G. M. Butler
Alex. K. Wilson
Wm. F. Symons
B. S. Purse
W. H. Sagurs Jr.
Robt Saussy
R. A. Pollard
C. F. Shannon
J. Holbrook Estill
I. F. Drenson
E. S. Holcombe
R. Boandiford
G. Saussy
Thomas F. Butler

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