Charleston Mercury Extra … The Union is Dissolved! December 20, 1860.Charleston, South Carolina: Mercury Office, 1860. [catalog record]
Gift of Nathaniel Paine, n.d.
In November 1860, four days after the presidential election put Abraham Lincoln in the White House, South Carolina scheduled a secession convention. Considered to be the first Confederate imprint, this broadside announced to the public the convention’s resolution that South Carolina would secede. This sheet was removed from a wall in Charleston by Boston-born author Caroline Howard Gilman, who mailed the broadside to Massachusetts so it could be preserved.
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