Tag Archives: Secession Convention

13 December 1861: “…the President of this Convention…be empowered to convene this Convention before the twentieth of January next, if the public exigencies shall require it.”

Item description: North Carolina’s Secession Convention passed this resolution authorizing its president or other authorized body to bring the its members back into session should there be an emergency. Item transcription: [No. 22.] RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT TO CALL THIS … Continue reading

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12 December 1861: “…the militia of this State shall not be required to assemble for the purpose of drill and muster, more than once in each month, except for battalion or regimental muster.”

Item description: North Carolina’s Secession Convention passed this ordinance to regulate how often local militias could be drilled or mustered. Item transcription: [No. 18.] AN ORDINANCE TO REGULATE MILITIA MUSTER. To assemble once a month. Be it ordained by this … Continue reading

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11 December 1861: AN ORDINANCE FOR SUPPRESSING OPPRESSIVE SPECULATION UPON THE PRESENT NECESSITIES OF THE PEOPLE

Item description: An ordinance by North Carolina’s Secession Convention prohibiting speculation on “corn or other grain growing in the fields, or any other corn or grain, pork, or beef, either fish, salted or smoked, cheese, fish, coffee, sugar, tea, salt, … Continue reading

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6 December 1861: “…we, the delegates of the people of North Carolina, in Convention assembled, entertain an undiminished confidence in the justice of the cause for which we have taken up arms…”

Item description: A resolution by North Carolina’s Secession Convention expressing confidence in the cause that the Southern States had undertaken, in the president of the Confederate States, and its soldiers. Item transcription: [No. 6.] RESOLUTIONS OF CONFIDENCE IN OUR CAUSE … Continue reading

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2 December 1861: “The great and pressing demand for the immediate supply of salt for the use of our citizens and soldiers…”

Item description: Ex officio governor Henry T. Clark transmitted these instructions for producing salt from seawater to the North Carolina Secession Convention for its consideration. The instructions came from Ebenezer Emmons, state geologist of North Carolina. Item citation: “Manufacture of … Continue reading

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28 June 1861: Autographs of the Members of the Convention of 1861

Item description: Two images from an autograph booklet containing the signature and hometown of the members of the North Carolina Secession Convention. The first name in the booklet is that of Walter L. Steele, secretary of the convention and resident … Continue reading

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27 June 1861: An Ordinance to Cede to the Confederate States, the Property in and Jurisdiction over the Forts, Light Houses, Beacons, Marine Hospitals and Mint in North Carolina

Item description: An ordinance by the North Carolina Secession Convention ceding parcels of land formerly held by the United States government to the new government of the Confederate States of America. Item Transciption: [No. 29.] AN ORDINANCE TO CEDE TO … Continue reading

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26 June 1861: “In reply to the resolution of the Convention, asking the Military Board to report on this day, at 10 o’clock, A.M., the number of State troops…”

Item description: Opening paragraphs of a report submitted to the Secession Convention by the Military Board of North Carolina. The document contains information on military appointees and other schedules related to the state’s attempt to raise troops. Item transcription: STATE … Continue reading

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22 June 1861: “…the inscription, above the star, in a semi-circular form, of ‘May 20th, 1775,’ and below the star, in a semi-circular form, ‘May 20th, 1861.’”

Item description: An ordinance, passed by the North Carolina Secession Convention, to create a flag for the State of North Carolina. The flag included the dates of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the date the state seceded from the … Continue reading

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19 June 1861: “An Ordinance to Ratify the Constitution of the Confederate States of America”

Item description: An ordinance, passed by the North Carolina Secession Convention, to ratify the Constitution of the Confederate States of America. Item Transciption: [No. 11.] AN ORDINANCE TO RATIFY THE CONSTITUTION OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. WHEREAS, On the … Continue reading

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