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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 10: Peace movements.--Convention of conspirators at Montgomery. (search)
Barnwell, of South Carolina, was chosen temporary chairman; and the blessing of a just God was invoked upon the premeditated labors of these wrong-doers by the Rev. Basil Manly. That assembly of conspirators was permanently organized by the appropriate choice of Howell Cobb, of Georgia, as presiding officer. Johnson F. Hooper,augural ceremonies took place at noon on the 18th, February. upon a plat-form erected in front of the portico of the State House. Davis and Stephens, with the Rev. Dr. Manly, riding in an open barouche, and followed by a large concourse of State officials and citizens, moved from the Exchange Hotel to the Capitol, while cannon w. labor States since the ovation given in New Orleans to the victorious General Jackson, in January, 1815. At one o'clock in the afternoon, after a prayer by Dr. Manly, Davis commenced pronouncing his Inaugural Address. He defended the right of secession; and he declared that, moved by no interest or passion to invade the righ
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Confederate States of America (search)
States of America The official name of the Southern States that seceded from the Union and formed the league also known as the Southern Confederacy. On Feb. 4, 1861, delegates numbering forty-two and representing South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida, which States had adopted ordinances of secession, assembled in Montgomery, Ala., to form a union. The sessions began in the Statehouse, with R. W. Barnwell, of South Carolina, as temporary chairman. Rev. Basil Manly invoked the blessings of God upon the premeditated labors of the convention. Howell Cobb, of Georgia, was appointed permanent president of the convention, and Johnson F. Hooper, of Montgomery, was chosen clerk. In his speech on taking the chair Cobb declared that they met as representatives of sovereign States which had dissolved their political connection with the United States; that the separation was a fixed, an irrevocable fact—perfect, complete, and perpetual; counselled his asso
up to the very outbreak of hostilities. In obedience to the act of the legislature, on December 6th, Governor Moore issued the proclamation ordering an election to be held on December 24th. The convention met on January 7, 1861, in the hall of representatives at Montgomery. Of the 100 men composing this body, many afterward proved their devotion to their State on the battlefield and in legislative halls, and some of them now hold high posts of honor in the reconstructed Union. The Rev. Basil Manly, ex-president of the State university, opened the proceedings with a touching and eloquent prayer: Almighty Father, Maker of Heaven and Earth; King eternal, immortal, invisible; the only wise God! We adore Thee, for Thou art God, and besides Thee there is none else; our Fathers' God and our God! We thank Thee that Thou hast made us men, endowed with reason, conscience and speech; capable of knowing, loving and serving Thee! We thank Thee for Thy Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, our
pon the top of a desk and proceeded amid a scene of confusion which was quite exciting, and came very near being serious. The speech of Mr. Stephens in the main met the approval of those who are not for immediate action. His policy, if carried out, will either restore the Government to a constitutional basis or force us to a dissolution. The Baptist State Convention of Alabama, in session at Montgomery, on the 14th inst., adopted a preamble and resolutions, presented by Rev. Basil Manly, which set forth the following: From the administration of the Federal Government, as things are — especially with reference to our peculiar property recognized by the Constitution — we can no longer hope for justice, protection or safety. We have supposed ourselves entitled to equality of rights, as citizens of this republic. We are not willing to surrender them, even at the risk of life and all we hold most dear. While, as yet, no particular mode of relief is before us, on wh
ate the Constitution; they do not intend to make aggressions upon you; but they intend to hem you in with fire, to environ you with their net which holds you captive forever. They intend to pursue you to your hiding-places — aye, as one of the base miscreants observed, like poisoned rats. Is this the conciliation they speak of? With their lips they would throw the Constitution around us, and then, under that shelter, they would deprive us of the little that may be yet left. Rev. Basil Manly, D. D., and London C. Garland, President of the Alabama University, have been publicly called upon by citizens of Tuscaloosa, of all parties, to represent that county in the State Convention. the New Loan. In consequence of the pressure now existing in the money market, we understand that the Secretary of the Treasury has notified the bidders that they can have an extension of thirty days upon one-half of the amount yet to be paid up. This will relieve the money market from a lar
Extra session of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States. Montgomery,Ala., May 20, 1861. Congress met this forenoon at 11 o'clock.--Prayer was offered by the Rev. Basil Manly. The journals of yesterday were read and confirmed. On motion, Mr. Thompson, of Arkansas, was duty qualified and took his seat as one of the members from Arkansas. Mr. Shorter, of Ala., gave notice that he would move to reconsider the Patent Office bill, which notice was ordered to be placed on the Journal. Mr. Rhett, of S. C., offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Resolved, That the ordinances of the States constituting the Confederacy ratifying and adopting the permanent Constitution of the Confederate States, shall be recorded and hied away in the state Department. No other business being on the public calendar, Congress went into secret session.
The funeral of Kelly Low, a colored minister at Augusta, Ga., on Sunday last, was attended by over four thousand persons, black and white. Rev. Basil Manly, of Ala., has accepted the pastorate of the Baptist Church at Montgomery, Ala. In Anderson county, Ga., on the 31st ult., snow fall eight Inches deep, to the utter surprise of the "oldest inhabitant." Sales in New York, January 8, of $6,000 Va. 6's at 76; $5,000 do, at 75 ½, and $4,000 Tenn, 6's at 75.