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already stayed, but the realities of war were not yet expe rienced.
President Lincoln followed his call for the militia of the States by another proclamation issued April ipth de claring a blockade of the ports and promising to make it effective. Among other war measures the United States government caused to be seized at once all original and copied dispatches which had accumulated for twelve months in the telegraph offices. " The object of the gov ernment in making this seizure was to obtain evidence of the operations of Southern citizens with their Northern friends. " (Amer. Ency., 1861, p. 718.) A few days later another call was made for additional troops.
The Confederate Congress assembled at Montgomery in obedience to the proclamation of the President on the 2 pth of April, 1861, two weeks after the surrender of Fort Sumter. The permanent constitution had been ratified by all the States and the pleasing fact was stated by Pres ident Davis in the first sentence of his message. The declaration of war made by President Lincoln in his proc lamation demanded congressional action to provide for the defense of the country. The able message fully reviewed the history of the issues which had disturbed the peace of the country as well as the unavailing efforts of the Con federate government to effect a peaceful settlement. Referring to the patriotic response of the people to the call for troops, the message declared that requisitions for troops had been met with such alacrity that the numbers tendering their services have in every instance greatly exceeded the demand, and that men of the highest official and social position are serving as volunteers in the ranks.
- In independence we seek no conquests, no aggrandize
ment, no cession of any kind from the States with which we have lately confederated. All we ask is to be let alone that those who never held power over us shall not now attempt our subjugation by arms. This we will, we must resist to the direst extremity. The moment this