*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.
The Confederate States of America was a group of eleven Southern states who seceded the Union following the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 because of his anti-slavery platform (Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica, n.d.).
Secession started in 1860 until mid-1861 as the following (University of Georgia, 2016):
- South Carolina: December 20, 1860
- Mississippi: January 9, 1861
- Florida: January 10, 1861
- Alabama: January 11, 1861
- Georgia: January 19, 1861
- Louisiana: January 26, 1861
- Texas: February 1, 1861
- Virginia: April 17, 1861
- Arkansas: May 6, 1861
- North Carolina: May 20, 1861
- Tennessee: June 8, 1861
The creation of government of the Confederacy began in February 1861 until the Confederate Army’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia on April 9, 1865 (Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica, n.d.). Rick Winters, an Evansville-native who served in the Vietnam War, donated this piece, donated this rare piece of American history.Numerous novels such as North and South trilogy by John Jakes, Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, Gone with the Wind by Margeret Mitchell, The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, and so many more have used the American Civil War as a background for their stories. If you are interested in viewing this artifact, you may schedule an appointment or come in during normal operating hours.
Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. (n.d.). Confederate States of America. Retrieved May 03, 2017, from https://www.britannica.com/topic/Confederate-States-of-America
University of Georgia. (2016, April 6). Dates of secession. Retrieved May 03, 2017, from http://www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett/selections/confed/dates.html