Speech of John W. A. Sanford of Georgia to the Texas Secession Convention

Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Convention.

The State of Georgia specially deputed me to announce to your honorable body that she has in the exercise of her sovereignty formally and solemnly abrogated and annulled the ordinance by which she became a member of the Federal Union. In making this announcement I deem it unnecessary to enter into a detailed exposition of the causes which have impelled her to this course of conduct. Continue reading “Speech of John W. A. Sanford of Georgia to the Texas Secession Convention”

Speech of John McQueen of South Carolina to the Texas Secession Convention

Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Convention, I have been honored with a commission by the Convention of the State of South Carolina to repair to your State and lay before your Convention an ordinance of the State of South Carolina, by which she seceded from the confederacy and dissolved all connection with the federal government of the United States. And also to tender to you the sincere sympathy of the people of South Carolina in the great and momentous movement in which we are all engaged, and in which our interests are identical and our honor is alike involved. Continue reading “Speech of John McQueen of South Carolina to the Texas Secession Convention”

Speech of Henry Benning to the Virginia Secession Convention

I have been appointed by the Convention of the State of Georgia, to present to this Convention, the ordinance of secession of Georgia, and further, to invite Virginia, through this Convention ‘ to join Georgia and the other seceded States in the formation of a Southern Confederacy. This, sir, is the whole extent of my mission. Continue reading “Speech of Henry Benning to the Virginia Secession Convention”

Letter from Isham Garrott and Robert H. Smith of Alabama to the governor and legislature of North Carolina

To His Excellency the Governor, and to the Honorable the members of the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina:

The General Assembly of the State of Alabama, on the 11th day of January, A. D. 1860, by joint resolutions, made it the duty of His Excellency the Governor of Alabama, Continue reading “Letter from Isham Garrott and Robert H. Smith of Alabama to the governor and legislature of North Carolina”

Letter from John G. Shorter of Alabama to Governor Joe Brown of Georgia

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA., January 3, 1861.

His Excellency Governor JOSEPH E. BROWN,
Governor of the State of Georgia :

SIR: I beg leave to hand you herewith a commission from His Excellency Andrew B. Moore, Governor of the sovereign State of Alabama, and attested by the great seal of the State, under date of December 21, 1860, by which I have the honor to be constituted and appointed a commissioner to the sovereign State of Georgia, with authority to consult and advise with Your Excellency as to what is best to be done to protect the rights, interests, and honor of the slave-holding States. Continue reading “Letter from John G. Shorter of Alabama to Governor Joe Brown of Georgia”

Speech of George Williamson of Louisiana to the Texas Secession Convention

To the Hon. O.M. Roberts, President of the Convention of the People of Texas.

Mr. President and Gentlemen of the people of Texas.

I have the honor to address you as the commissioner of the people of Louisiana, accredited to your honorable body. With this communication, by the favor of your presiding officer, will be laid before you my credentials, the ordinance of secession, a resolution in regard to the Mississippi river and the ordinance to provide for the appointment of delegates to a convention to form a Southern Confederacy. Continue reading “Speech of George Williamson of Louisiana to the Texas Secession Convention”

Speech of William L. Harris of Mississippi to the Georgia General Assembly

Mr. President, and gentlemen of the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia:

I am profoundly sensible of the delicate and important duty imposed upon me, by the courtesy of this public reception.

Under different circumstances, it would have afforded me great pleasure, as a native Georgian — reared and educated on her soil — to express to you fully, the views which prevail in my native State, in relation to the great measures of deliverance and relief from the principles and policy of the new Administration, which are there in progress. Continue reading “Speech of William L. Harris of Mississippi to the Georgia General Assembly”