Wednesday, January 26, 2011

150-Years-Ago -- Louisiana Goes Out!

Richmond Daily Dispatch January 28, 1861

Louisiana secession delegates Jan. 26, 1861, by  Enoch
Wood Perry Jr. (Louisiana State Museum)

Louisiana gone out !

Rejoicings in the Sate, &., &c.
Baton Rouge,, Jan. 26.
--At 1.10, P. M., the following vote was declared on immediate secession — yeas 113, nays 17. The following is the ordinance;
An ordinance to dissolve the Union between the State of Louisiana and other States united with her under the compact entitled the Constitution of the United States of America;
We, the People of the State of Louisiana, in Convention assembled, do declare and ordain, and it is hereby declared and ordained, that the Ordinance passed by us November 22d, 1827, whereby the Constitution of the United States of America, and the amendments to said Constitution were adopted, and all laws and ordinances by which Louisiana became a member of the Federal Union be, and the same are hereby repealed and abrogated, and the Union now subsisting between Louisiana and other States under the name of the United States of America, is hereby dissolved.
And we further declare and ordain that the Senate of Louisiana hereby resumes the rights and powers heretofore delegated to the Government of the United States of America, and her citizens are absolved from allegiance to said Government.
And we further declare and ordain that all rights acquired and vested under the Constitution of the United States, or any act of Congress or treaty, or under any law of this State not incompatible with this ordinance, shall remain in force and have the same effect as if this ordinance had not been passed.
New Orleans,Jan. 26.
--Cannon are being fired in various parts of the city in honor of our independence. The Pelican flag floats proudly from all prominent points. The whole community are wild with delight.
Augusta,Jan. 26.
--The Independent Fire Company assembled at their headquarters on the announcement of the succession of Louisiana, and fired an appropriate salute in honor of the occasion. Subsequently the Washington Artillery fired 21 guns--six for the seceded States and fifteen for the Southern Confederacy.

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