Commissioners from Mississippi and Alabama speak to the South Carolina Secession Convention
Charles Edward Hook of Mississippi and John Archer Elmore of Alabama, official secession commissioners from their states to South Carolina, addressed an evening session of the South Carolina Secession Convention in Columbia. One after the other, on behalf of their own states, they supported strongly the meeting and urged a final decision for secession. Three days later, South Carolina left the Union. (By John Osborne)
Charles B. Dew, Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Cause of the Civil War (Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 2001), 27.