January 14–15, 1861
This chapter describes the “formal withdrawal” of the state of Mississippi from the Federal Union, as the delegates of the Mississippi Secession Convention started to work on the various committees' draft ordinances. It also discusses the recognition of the other southern slave states that seceded, a huge step into the formation the Confederacy. Alongside these developments however was the growing divide between delegates as major leaders of groups within the Convention began to line up differing ideologies. Almost every ordinance that was presented faced opposition. One notable example of this was Warren P. Anderson's call for postponement on the military ordinance offered by the Committee on Military and Naval Affairs under James Chalmers. Anderson believed that war would not happen immediately and that there were many deficiencies in the bill. This continued until Tuesday on January 15th when the delegates of each county finally signed the ordinance of secession.
Keywords: Mississippi withdrawal, Federal Union, Mississippi Secession Convention, draft ordinances, recognition, southern slave states, Confederacy, Committee on Military and Naval Affairs, secession
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