An Ordinance to dissolve the union between the State of Alabama and the other States united under the compact styled "The Constitution of the United States of America"
Whereas, the election of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin to
the offices of president and vice-president of the United States of America, by
a sectional party, avowedly hostile to the domestic institutions and to the
peace and security of the people of the State of Alabama, preceded by many and
dangerous infractions of the constitution of the United States by many of the
States and people of the Northern section, is a political wrong of so insulting
and menacing a character as to justify the people of the State of Alabama in
the adoption of prompt and decided measures for their future peace and
Be it declared and ordained by the people of the
State of Alabama, in Convention assembled, That the State of Alabama now
withdraws, and is hereby withdrawn from the Union known as "the United
States of America," and henceforth ceases to be one of said United States,
and is, and of right ought to be a Sovereign and Independent State.
Sec 2. Be it further declared and ordained by the
people of the State of Alabama in Convention assembled, That all powers over
the Territory of said State, and over the people thereof, heretofore delegated
to the Government of the United States of America, be and they are hereby
withdrawn from said Government, and are hereby resumed and vested in the people
of the State of Alabama.
And as it is the desire and purpose of the people
of Alabama to meet the slaveholding States of the South, who may approve such
purpose, in order to frame a provisional as well as permanent Government upon
the principles of the Constitution of the United States,
Be it resolved by the people of Alabama in
Convention assembled, That the people of the States of Delaware, Maryland,
Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi,
Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri, be and are hereby
invited to meet the people of the State of Alabama, by their Delegates, in
Convention, on the 4th day of February, A.D., 1861, at the city of Montgomery,
in the State of Alabama, for the purpose of consulting with each other as to
the most effectual mode of securing concerted and harmonious action in whatever
measures may be deemed most desirable for our common peace and security.
And be it further resolved, That the President of
this Convention, be and is hereby instructed to transmit forthwith a copy of
the foregoing Preamble, Ordinance, and Resolutions to the Governors of the
several States named in said resolutions.
Done by the people of the State of Alabama, in
Convention assembled, at Montgomery, on this, the eleventh day of January, A.D.