Jefferson Davis sworn in as Provisional President of the Confederate States
Jefferson Davis of Mississippi was sworn in as the Provisional President of the Confederate States of America and delivered his inaugural address on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. He warned others that southerners would be "found equal to any measures of defense which soon their security may require." The speech contained no mention of or allusion to slavery. (By John Osborne)
Frank Moore, The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), I: 31-32.