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How did Lincoln refer to the Confederacy?
In his writings, Lincoln referred to the group he was fighting as the “so-called Confederacy” and Jefferson Davis never as president, only as the “insurgent leader.” It would be just as accurate to refer to Lee, who led an armed group against national sovereignty, as an insurgent or a warlord, if not a terrorist.
Why was Abraham Lincoln important in the Civil War?
Abraham Lincoln became the United States’ 16th President in 1861, issuing the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy in 1863. Lincoln thought secession illegal, and was willing to use force to defend Federal law and the Union.
When did the Confederate States of America leave the Union?
The Confederate States of America. The announcement of Lincoln’s election as president on November 6, 1860 was the final injury against the South. South Carolina called for a state convention on December 6. Georgia had its own convention on the 14 th and all other slave states were also considering leaving the Union.
Where did Lincoln get his nomination for President?
At the Republican Convention held in Chicago in 1860, Lincoln received his party’s nomination over several contenders, most notably William H. Seward of New York.
How many electoral votes did Lincoln get in Massachusetts?
The Constitutional Unionists Bell and John Everett of Massachusetts received 588,879 popular votes and 39 electoral votes (Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia). Significantly, Lincoln carried all of the free states and none of the slave states.
Why did slave states get more electoral votes?
Slave states counted 3/5 of their enslaved population when determining the number of electoral votes. This meant more votes for the state even though the opinions of these people were not represented. In a state like Virginia, where 1/3 of the population was enslaved, this was a big deal.