Debate on the Message. Adverse Criticisms.
Buchanan’s Doctrines and
Policy. Movements of Secession. South Carolina Legislation. Magrath’s
Comments. Non-Coercion and Coercion. Fort Moultrie. Intrigue for its
Capture. Governor Gist’s Letter. South Carolina’s Complaints and
Return of the Brooklyn. The President’s Interview with the South Carolina Delegation. Mr. Buchanan’s Truce. Major Buell’s Visit to Anderson. The Buell Memorandum. Character of Instructions.
Failure of the Concession Policy. Movements towards Secession. Resignation of Secretary Cobb. Cobb’s Secession Address. Resignation of Secretary Cass. The Buchanan-Floyd Incident. The Conspirators advise Buchanan. Cass demands Reenforcements. The Cass-Buchanan Correspondence.
Secession Debates in the Senate. Speeches of
Clingman, Brown, Iverson,
Wigfall, Mason, Jefferson Davis, Hale, Crittenden, Pugh, Douglas.
Powell’s Motion for a Select Committee. Speeches of King, Collamer,
Foster, Green, Wade. Senate Committee of Thirteen Appointed.
The President’s Message in the House. Compromise
Efforts. Motion to
Appoint a Committee of Thirty-Three. Committee Appointed. Corwin made
Chairman. Sickles’s Speech. Vallandigham’s Speech. McClernand’s
Speech. Compromise Propositions. Jenkins’s Plan. Noell’s Plan. Andrew
Johnson’s Plan. Vallandigham’s Plan.
Hopes of Compromise. Party Pledges to the Union.
Advice. Nullification and Secession. Estrangement between North and
South. Cabinet Treachery and Intrigue. The Congressional Debates.
Compromise Committees. The Conspirators’ Strategy. Elements of
Disturbance. Hopes of Peaceable Secession. Dunn’s Resolution. Mr.
Buchanan’s Proclamation. Secession Proclaimed.
Captain Foster. His Arrival in Charleston.
Condition of Fort Moultrie.
Temporary Defenses. Foster Requests Forty Muskets. The Question of
Arming Workmen. Foster Receives Forty Muskets. Their Return Demanded.
The Alleged Charleston Excitement. Floyd Orders the Muskets Returned.
Foster’s Compliance and Comment.