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The Convention of Seceding States opens at the State House in Montgomery, Alabama

State Capitol, Montgomery, Alabama, February 1861, artist's impression
02/04/1861
The Convention of Seceding States opened at the State House in Montgomery, Alabama with six states represented.  Texas joined within days.  Georgia sent the most prestigious delegation and Howell Cobb was elected as chair.  Within a week it produced a provisional constitution, selected a president, and declared itself as sitting as the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Francis Norton Thorpe, The Constitutional History of the United States (Chicago, IL: Callaghan and Company, 1901), II: 595-596.
Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1865, Volume 1 (Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1904), 5-35.

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