by Michael J. Deeb

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Michael J. Deeb

is the author of seven novels which take place during the American Civil War known as The Drieborg Chronicles.
Duty and Honor is the first novel of The Drieborg Chronicles.
Duty Accomplished is the second novel.
In Honor Restored the character Michael returns to the life of a farmer.
In the fourth novel, The Lincoln Assassination Michael Drieborg works with a team of marshals.
The title 1860 America Moves Toward War explores the issues at stake in the 1860 elections.
In The Way West, Michael Drieborg's youngest son runs away to join the US Cavalry in the West. Civil War Prisons follows the fate of both Union and Confederate captives and the quality of life they each endured during their confinement.

Mike Deeb, with co-writer Robert Lockwood Mills, has also penned two novels which explore the Kennedy Assassination and attempts to answer the question, "Did Oswald Really Act Alone?" Learn more at

Michael also blogs on the Website, telling the stories of the freest people on earth.

  • A Great Read!
    I couldn’t put this book down once I got started. The detail was great and I really like the main character, Michael. Knowing that so much research went into this book made it exciting to read!


The Secession Winter of 1861: Part Three

The Crittenein Compromise was the earliest of the efforts to find a way to bring the seceding states back into the Union and to calm the fears of the people in the Boarder States. Senator John Crittenden pulled together leaders who met in Washington City. His committee suggested that several constitutional amendments be adopted.

  1. To declare slavery inviolate except by state law.
  2. To compensate owners of fugitive slaves not returned to their owner.
  3. To extend the Missouri Compromise line to the Pacific.

The president-elect, Abraham Lincoln, agreed to support the first to suggested amendments, but not the third.

The second effort at compromise was made by the members of the Peace Convention. The creation of this body was suggested by the Virginia legislature. One hundred thirty three delegates from twenty one states met at the Willard Hotel in Washington City. 

They  and suggested several constitutional amendments. Some were similar to the Crtitenden proposals. Significantly different was one proposal calling for an amendment that would prevent Congress, by law, and the people, by amendment, from ever interfering with slavery in any state.

The House of Representatives passed this recommendation on February 27, 1861 as the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. It was immediately sent to the states for ratification.

Lincoln supported the adoption of this amendment and throughout the winter of 1861, continued to insist that his administration would not interfere with slavery where it already existed.

Neither the prospect of the adoption of this amendment to the Constitution of the United States, nor Lincoln’s assurances had any effect. None of the secession states returned to the Union.