On December 20th, 1860, South Carolina was the first Southern state to secede from the Union.
The Congress elected (Feb. 9,1861) Jefferson Davis and Alexander H. Stephens president and vice president respectively, then drafted a constitution (adopted on March 11,1861) and functioned as the provisional legislature pending regular elections, holding five sessions in all: two in Montgomery and three in Richmond, Virginia.
Shortly afterwards, the Confederate Provisional Congress was adjourned on Feb. 17,1862, on the eve of inauguration of a permanent Congress.
The Congress of the Confederate States was the legislative body of the Confederate States of America, existing during the American Civil War between 1861 and 1865.
Deputies from the first seven states to secede from the Union, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas, met at the Provisional ConfederateCongress in Montgomery, Alabama, in two sessions in February through May 1861.
Acts passed by the sixth legislature of the state of Louisiana, at its first session, held and begun in the city of Baton Rouge, on the 25th of November 1861.
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