January 7–8, 1861
This chapter looks into the first two days of the Mississippi Secession Convention in Jackson, when the delegates formed the Convention's organizational structure and began formal talks on the secession from the Federal Union. The delegates met at the capitol building on January 7th at 10 o'clock. The opening prayer was led by Charles Marshall, which was then followed by elections. After three ballots, William S. Barry from Lowndes County was elected as president. Barry then led the Convention through its further organization as the delegates made other appointments. Later, at the behest of Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II, Barry appointed a committee of fifteen people with the instructions to prepare a secession ordinance for the withdrawal of the state from the Federal Union, with a view to the establishment of a new Confederacy. Discourse continued on the next day but was adjourned by noon in order to prepare the ordinance.
Keywords: Mississippi Secession Convention, Federal Union, Charles Marshall, opening prayer, William S. Barry, Lowndes County, Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II, secession ordinance, Mississippi, Confederacy
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