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The Mississippi Secession ConventionDelegates and Deliberations in Politics and War, 1861-1865$
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Timothy B. Smith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628460971

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628460971.001.0001

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February–March, 1861

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The Mississippi Secession Convention

Timothy B. Smith

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter elaborates on the activities performed by the Mississippi delegates to the Confederate Convention in Montgomery, Alabama, following the adjournment of the Mississippi Secession Convention. During the months of February and March 1861, the Mississippian contingent in Montgomery worked in the Confederate Congress. They served on the numerous committees: Walker Brooke on the committee to organize the Executive branch and Patents Committee, Wiley Harris on the Judiciary and Public Lands Committees, William Barry on Finance, Alexander Clayton on Judiciary, William Wilson also on patents, and James Harrison on Postal Affairs. Harrison was also Mississippi's delegate to the congressional committee tasked with devising a new flag and seal. Another Mississippian, Jefferson Davis, eventually became the president of the sovereign Confederate States of America. The Mississippians played an active part in legislative duties, and especially on the construction and adoption of a Confederate constitution.

Keywords:   Mississippi delegates, Confederate Congress, Mississippi Secession Convention, Walker Brooke, Wiley Harris, William Barry, Alexander Clayton, William Wilson, Jefferson Davis, Confederate constitution

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