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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 27, 1861

Richmond Offered as Confederate Capital

Recently seceded Virginia offered to have Richmond serve as the capital of the Confederate States of America.

President Abraham Lincoln extended the blockade of Southern posts, issued on April 19, to now include Virginia and North Carolina, and in an executive order he suspended the writ of habeas corpus for the public safety:

The COMMANDING GENERAL OF THE ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES You are engaged in suppressing an insurrection against the laws of the United States. If at any point on or in the vicinity of any military, line which is now or which shall be used between the city of Philadelphia and the city of Washington you find resistance which renders it necessary to suspend the writ of habeas corpus for the public safety, you personally, or through the officer in command at the point where resistance occurs, are authorized to suspend that writ. Given under my hand and the seal of the United States, at the city of Washington, this 27th day of April, 1861, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-fifth. ABRAHAM LINCOLN. By the President of the United States: WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State .