"But this momentous question, like a firebell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror. I considered it at once as the knell of the Union. It is hushed, indeed, for the moment. But this is a reprieve only, not a final sentence. A geographical line, coinciding with a marked principle, moral and political, once conceived and held up to the angry passions of men, will never be obliterated; and every new irritation will mark it deeper and deeper. I can say, with conscious truth, that there is not a man on earth who would sacrifice more than I would to relieve us from this heavy reproach, in any practicable way." -Thomas Jefferson @ Monticello Apr. 22, 1820. Regarding the Missouri Compromise, 'State Rights' and the future sound of the war bells ringing.
Seven Pines Day1
CSA Gen. Smith sending his brigades into action at Fair Oaks Station.