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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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January 21–23, 1861

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The Mississippi Secession Convention

Timothy B. Smith

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the passing of important ordinances of the committees by the delegates of the Mississippi Secession Convention that were vital to the upcoming Confederate convention in Montgomery, Alabama. The delegates saw the need to hurry and get a military ordinance passed and a military board established so they could organize and defend the state in the upcoming war against the Federal Union. An even more important issue was the Southern Confederacy Committee's ordinance in which the delegates would spell out their participation in the Confederacy. In addition, they also needed to select the state's delegation to the convention of the Confederacy. The chapter describes the presentation of five ordinances, one of which was the Military Board, which would have entire control over all the arms and military property of the State. The Convention elected Jefferson Davis, the future president of the Confederate States of America, as major general.

Keywords:   ordinances, Mississippi Secession Convention, Confederacy, military ordinance, Military Board, Federal Union, Southern Confederacy Committee, Jefferson Davis, Confederate States of America

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