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Bennett, James Gordon (1795-1872) New York herald. [No. 8917 (February 7, 1861)]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08726.10 Author/Creator: Bennett, James Gordon (1795-1872) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Newspapers Date: 7 February 1861 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Includes a report that the United States government refuses to comply with the propositions of South Carolina for the surrender of Fort Sumter. Reports on the recent secession of Texas from the Union. Discusses the proceedings of the Washington Peace Congress, called to enact a "speedy settlement of the political differences now distracting this country." Describes the activities of President-elect Abraham Lincoln in detail as he travels through the Midwest.

People: Bennett, James Gordon, 1795-1872.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Confederate States of America, Surrender, Fort Sumter, Battle of Fort Sumter, Fortification, Texas, American West, Secession, President

Sub Era: The American Civil War