Confederate Mobilization? A Reader Question

by Brett Schulte on November 17, 2008 · 2 comments

Longtime TOCWOC reader Mark Kucinic recently contacted us with the following interesting observation:

I just finished reading a biography of Winfield Scott and ran across a piece of info I have never noted before. I went back through my somewhat extensive library and have taken part in a number of discussions about the origins of the Civil War, but no where have come across the fact that two days after Lincoln was inaugurated the Confederate govt called authorized an army of 100,000. This would be proposing the biggest army that had ever existed in the western hemisphere and was akin to the mobilization orders that began WWI. Why does this not get more notice?

Comments?  We’d be interested to hear what everyone thinks.


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Fred Ray November 17, 2008 at 10:49 am

Might help if the reader could provide us with a source. Was this footnoted?

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Stephen Graham November 18, 2008 at 1:11 am

Footnote regarding what? The actual act can be found in the O.R., Series IV, volume 1, pp. 126-7. If you want to dig further, the adoption of the bill on March 4, 1861 can be found in the Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1865, vol. 1, pp. 103-105. The initial reading of the bill was on March 1, 1861, before Lincoln’s inauguration.

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