Date Original

1861 March 7


This collection contains one broadside from March 7, 1861.

Biographical/Historical Note

This broadside details news reports about Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural speech from different news agencies in both the Union and Confederate States. The Republican party, to which Lincoln was apart, had no interest in interfering on the issue of slaver in slave holding states, but they were against any more territories entering the Union under that condition. Lincoln was inaugurated as the 12th President of the United States on March 4, 1861. Two weeks prior, Jefferson Davis had been inaugurated as the President of the Confederacy and, according to this article, many southerners believed Lincoln’s speech was a declaration of war. At the time of his inauguration seven states had already seceded from the Union. Lincoln stated in his inaugural address that, “I hold that in contemplation of universal law and of the Constitution the Union of these States is perpetual...Physically speaking, we can not separate.” Because some southern states had already seceded from the Union they viewed this statement as an act of war.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area






Resource Type



35th Parallel broadside, SMC.OV.045


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

35th Parallel broadside, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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