Monthly Archives: March 2011

A Kentucky Slave Gains His Freedom

On March 7, 1861, a 22-year-old Kentucky slave, Ambrose Beauford, gained his freedom. He was manumitted in the will of his owner, Susan R. Brent. To see Beauford’s freedom papers, please <click here>. As Beauford’s case demonstrates for some fortunate slaves freedom came … Continue reading

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Salmon P. Chase Predicts Emancipation

On March 6, 1861, the Richmond Examiner published a story entitled “Horrible purposes of the party in power.” It related a conversion on February 15 in Washington, D.C., between Salmon P. Chase and a “Dr. Wirt” of “Westmoreland.” Dr. Wirt was almost … Continue reading

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Slavery in Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address

On March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln at last took the oath as the 16th President of the United States. His first inaugural address has received much analysis over the years. Disunion in the New York Times added to the list … Continue reading

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Russia Frees the Serfs

On March 3, 1861, an event of seismic significance occurred in the history of international emancipation. With the stroke of a pen, Tsar Alexander II freed 23 million Russian serfs. It always has been a point of pride for Russians that … Continue reading

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Disunion – Too much Frederick Douglass

At the risk as seeming whiny, I have decided to get up on my soapbox and kindly ask the Disunion blog in the New York Times to please not overdo it on Frederick Douglass. As regular readers of Civil War … Continue reading

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The First Thirteenth Amendment

On March 2, 1861, with two days left in its session, the 36th Congress rushed to get its business done. Among its actions that day was to approve a constitutional amendment to send to the states.  The amendment simply read: … Continue reading

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Disunion – Frederick Douglass’s Irish Liberty

Last Friday (February 25), the Disunion blog in the New York Times published a piece of  interest to Civil War Emancipation. Having given priority to pressing anniversaries, I would now like to return to this article, “Frederick Douglass’s Irish Liberty,” … Continue reading

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