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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