The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History questions 14 Page 2
Illinois and Michigan) should not allow slavery. Why do you think Mosby keeps
mentioning this idea?
What was the position taken by "new" Virginians in the US Senate on the 1850
admission of California into the Union as a free state?
Short writing question: Now, after reading Mosby's letter, try to answer the questions
posed by Dan Wolf, the Gilder Lehrman Collection Manuscript Cataloger:
"Was Mosby correct in faulting these men for their views, when they believed they were only
trying to protect the Confederacy he defended so bravely?" and,
"Was [Mosby] a hypocrite to condemn slavery while taking pride in fighting in its defense?"
For further information about the importance of slavery in the secession of Southern states,
please look at the Mississippi Declaration of Secession, which can be found online through
Yale University's Avalon Project at:
You can also find the South Carolina Declaration of Secession through the Avalon Project at: