South Carolina is Arming.

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Daily Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, October 22, 1860

We are glad to see the people of our State everywhere preparing for the crisis which is at hand. As an offset to the “Wide-Awakes” of the North, “Minute Men” are organizing in all the principal districts of South Carolina. Their object is to form an armed body of men, and to join in with our fellow citizens, now forming in this and our sister States as “Minute Men,” whose duty is to arm, equip and drill, and be ready for any emergency that may arise in the present perilous position of the Southern States. In Kershaw, Abbeville and Richland Districts the organization is already complete and powerful, embracing the flower of the youth, and led on by the most influential citizens. The badge adopted is a blue rosette, two and a half inches in diameter, with a military button in the centre, to be worn upon the side of the hat. Let the important work go bravely on, and let every son of Carolina prepare to mount the blue cockade.

Update note: This article was also published by Seven Score and Ten today. Seven Score and Ten is another blog taking a sesquicentennial journey through the civil war.  While there may be a few identical postings, as time progresses and the nation moves closer to and into actual conflict, this will become less common as more material from 150 years ago becomes available to publish.