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Resolutions Adopted by a Meeting of the People of Powhatan, 1865

Context

On February 3, 1865, Confederate vice president Alexander Stephens and two other commissioners met with Abraham Lincoln on the steamer River Queen near Fort Monroe in Hampton in a futile effort to end the war and ensure Southern independence. When news of the failed negotiations became known, many communities issued resolutions such as the one from Powhatan County to bolster morale in their community. Two months later the war was over. Charles Carter Lee, the president of the committee that wrote the resolution, was the eldest son of Revolutionary War hero Lighthorse Harry Lee and older brother of Robert E. Lee.

Citation: Powhatan County (Va.). Citizens. Resolutions Adopted by a Meeting of the People of Powhatan, held in the Courthouse on February Court Day, 1865 [pledging loyalty to the cause of the Confederacy]. Broadside 1865 .P6 BOX, Special Collections, Broadside Collection, Library of Virginia.

Standards

VS.1, VS.7, USI.1, USI.9

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Up for Debate: Pretend you are a resident of Powhatan County. The county has called a meeting asking whether you still support the Confederate war effort or if you are ready for peace. Debate.

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