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”

Speech of John Preston of South Carolina to the Virginia Secession Convention

Mr. President and Gentlemen of Virginia:

I have had the honor to present you, sir, and this Convention my credentials, as Commissioner from the Government of South Carolina, and, upon your reception of these credentials, I am instructed by my Government to lay before you the causes which induced the State of South Carolina to withdraw from the Union, and the people of South Carolina to resume the powers which they had delegated to the Government of the United States of America. Continue reading “Speech of John Preston of South Carolina to the Virginia Secession Convention”

Speech of Fulton Anderson of Mississippi to the Virginia Secession Convention

Gentlemen of the Convention: Honored by the Government of Mississippi with her commission to invite your co-operation in the measures, she has been compelled to adopt for the vindication of her rights and her honor in the present perilous crisis of the country, I desire to express to you, in the name and behalf of her people, the sentiments of esteem and admiration which they in common with the whole Southern people entertain for the character and fame of this ancient and renowned Commonwealth. Continue reading “Speech of Fulton Anderson of Mississippi to the Virginia Secession Convention”