The Road to Civil War

Special Committee of Five of the House of Representatives

Created via resolution passed by the House on January 9th, 1861, the Special Committee of Five was designed to recieve and consider a message from the President recieved on the aforementioned day regarding the secession crisis, the slavery question, and possible compromises.

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Session 14156: 1861-01-10 00:00:00

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Imported Documents

  • Motion to Appoint the Select Committee to Consider the Special Message from the President (e901995) imports from The House of Representatives,
    on Thursday, 10 January 1861, at 12:00

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