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South Carolina Convention (1860-1862) [The Ordinance of secession for the state of South Carolina]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00395 Author/Creator: South Carolina Convention (1860-1862) Place Written: Charleston, South Carolina Type: Broadside Date: 1861 Pagination: 1 p. ; 81.2 x 68.2 cm. Order a Copy PDF Download(s): PDF of image and transcript

Exact lithographic copy of the original manuscript ordinance with reproduced signatures of those who voted for the act. Printed by Evans and Cogswell, by act of the South Carolina assembly. "...An ordinance to dissolve the Union between the State of South Carolina and other states united with her under the compact entitles 'The Constitution of the United States of America...' " Dated 1860, but printed 1861. The copy was so exact as to have fooled many Union soldiers four years later during Sherman's march through South Carolina. This copy was previously shellacked and cut. Mounted on backer board, dimensions of board, 90 x 74.5 cm.

The State of South Carolina
At a Convention of the People of the State of South Carolina, begun and holden at Columbia, on the Seventeenth day of December on the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty and then continued by adjournment to Charleston and there by divers adjournments to the Twentieth day of December in the same year -
An Ordinance. To dissolve the Union between the State of South Carolina and other States united with her under the compact entitled "The Constitution of the United States of America."
We, the People of the Sate of South Carolina in convention assembled, do declare and ordain, and it is hereby declared and ordained, That the Ordinance adopted by us in Convention, on the twenty-third day of May, in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and eighty-eight, whereby the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified, and also all Acts and parts of Acts of the General Assembly of the State, ratifying amendments of the said Constitution hereby repealed; and that the union now subsisting between South Carolina and other States, under the name of the "United States of America", is hereby dissolved -
Done at Charleston, the twentieth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty.
D. J. Jamison - Delegate from Bornwand
President of the Convention

Thos Chrles Perrin Francis Hugh Wardlaw Wesley D. Evans R Y Barnacle
Edward Noble R.G.M. Dummant John W. Harllee Jos. Dan'l Pope
J.S. Wilson James Parson Carroll AW Bethia C. P. Brown
Thos Thomson Wm Grigg E.W. Goodwin John McShingler
David Lewis Wardern Andrew J. Hammond William D Johnson Daniel Dupre
John Alfred Calhoun James Tampking Alex McLeod A Mazyek
John Izard Middleton James. C. Smyly John T. Kinard William Cain
Benjamin E. Sessions John Hugh, Heans Robert Moonman P.G Snowden
J. N. Whitner William [text loss] Lyles Joseph Caldwell Geo. W. Seabrook
James L Orr Henry Campbell Davis Simeon Fair John Jenkins
J. P. Reed Jno. Buchanon Thomas Worth Glover R.J. Lavant
R N. Simpson James C. Fungan Laurence M Keitt E.M. Seabrook
Benjamin Franston Mantone P.E. Duncan Donald Rowe Barton John. J. Wannamaker
Lewis Malone Ayer, jr W. K. Linsay Wm Hunter Elias D Seolt
W. Vernnean Finley James Harrison Andrew F Luis Jos E Jenkins
JJ Bralham W.H. Campbell Robt A. Thompson Langdon Cheves
Benj. W. Lawton T. J. Withen William J. Grisham George Rhodes
[illegible] James Chismeth John Maxwell AG Mahalh
Thomas W Moore Joseph Breward Kepshalb Jno. E Frampton Wm Porcher Miles
Richard Woods Thos W Bealy W Ferguson Hutson Wm Porcher Miles
A.Q. Dumount Wm J.. Ellis WJ de Sanssure John Townsend
John A. Inglis R L Crawford. William Hopkins Robert N. Gourden
Henry McIver W.G.C Luther James J. Adams A.W. Conwar
Stephen Jackson D.R. Robinson Maxcy Gregg Theodore D Wagner
W Pinkney Kingar. H C Young John H Kinsler R. Barnard Rhutt
D. P. Bonnum H W Garlington Ephraim McCland CG Memminger
John P. Richardson John B. [illegible] Alex H. Brown Gabriel Manigault
John Lillanning WD Walls E. J. P. Bellinger John Julius Paugh Smith
John J. Ingram Tno,,s. Wier Merrick E.Cario Isaac W. Hayne
Edgar W. Charles H.J. laughman EA Hindermom Jn. J. Knour
Judus A Dayan John C Geiger Peter Stokes Richd d Trenbie
Isaac DWilson Paul Quattlebaum Daniel Hurd A.W. Burnet
John M Timmony W.B. Rowell David C. Appleby Thomas. Y. Simons
Artisans T Darby

Attest. Bay. F. Arthur Clerk of the Convention
[written on fifth column]
J.W. Spratt
William Middleton
F. D. Thchamfor
B.H. Rutledge
Edward McCreedy
Francis J. Porcher
T L Gourdin
John S. Palmer
John Lictowwall
John E. Allen
John G. Landonend
B.B. Foster
Benjamin Kilgore
Jas. H. Carlisle
Simpson Bobo
Wm Curtis
H D Green
Matthew Chambers Spain
JM Madberry
JC Sims
Wm. H. Gist
Tamy Jefferies
Anthony W. Daylon
R. C. Logan
Francis S. Parker
Guy Funenil Dunkan
Saml Taylor Atkinson
Alex M Forster.
Wm Blackburn Wilson
Robert Y. Allison
Saml Rainey
A Baxtor Springer
A.J. Barron.

South Carolina. Convention, 1860-1862

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