Sunday, December 19, 2010

Happy Secession Day

From Confederate Digest:

Happy Secession Day!from Confederate Digest by J. Stephen ConnThe broadside shown below was published in Charleston, South Carolina 150 years ago - Dececember 20, 1860. It was an insert in the Charleston Mercury and measured 12" x 24". Printing began approximately 15 minutes after the secession ordinance passed, making South Carolina was the first state to secede from the United States of America.

Here is the text:


Passed unanimously at 1.15 o'clock, P.M., December 20th, 1860


To dissolve the Union between the State of South Carolina and other States united with her under the compact entitled 'The Constitution of the United States of America.

We, the People of the State of South Carolina, in Convention assembled, do declare and ordain, and it is hereby declared and ordained,

That the Ordinance adopted by us in Convention, on the twenty-third day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, whereby the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified, and also, all acts and parts of Acts of the General Assembly of this State, ratifying amendments of the said Constitution are hereby repealed; and that the union now subsisting between South Carolina and other States, under the name of 'The United States of America,' is hereby dissolved.


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