Secession Banner of Alabama (1861)

     The ladies of Montgomery presented this flag to the Alabama Secession Convention on 11 January 1861 in the House Chamber of the State Capitol. "Noli Me Tangere" is Latin for "Touch Me Not".

Ordinance of Secession of Alabama
(Passed in the State Capitol at Montgomery on 11 January 1861, by a vote of 61-39.)

AN ORDINANCE
to dissolve the Union between the State of Alabama and 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 security; therefore,

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by the people of the State of Alabama in Convention assembled, That the State of Alabama now withdraws, and is hereby withdrawn from the Union known as "the United States of America," and henceforth ceases to be one of said United States, and is, and of right ought to be, a Sovereign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.

Section 2. Be it further declared and ordained by the people of the State of Alabama in Convention assembled, That all the 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over the people thereof, heretofore delegated to the Government of the United States of America, be and they are hereby withdrawn from said Government, and are hereby resumed and vested in the people of the State of Alabama.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 fourth 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 he 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. 1861.

Alabama Secession Convention Officers
(County of representation in parentheses.)

PRESIDENT

William McLin Brooks (PERRY)

SECRETARY

William H. Fowler (TUSCALOOSA)
A.G. Horn (MOBILE)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY

Frank L. Smith (MONTGOMERY)

DOORKEEPER

Robert Harrison Wynne (CALHOUN)

Alabama Secession Convention Delegates
(A denotes a Delegate who voted in opposition to the Ordinance of Secession.
To assist with completing full names, please e-mail the Historian.)

AUTAUGA

LIMESTONE

George Rives, Sr.

Joshua P. Coman↓
Thomas Joyce McClellan↓

BARBOUR

LOWNDES

Alpheus Baker
John Cochran
John Wilhoydt Lewis Daniel

James Graham Gilchrist
James Spurlock Williamson

BALDWIN

MACON

Joseph Silver

O.R. Blue
J.H. Foster
Samuel Henderson

BIBB

MADISON

James W. Crawford

Jeremiah Clemens
Nicholas Davis, Jr.

BLOUNT

MARENGO

John S. Brasher↓
William H. Edwards↓

William Edward Clarke

BUTLER

MARSHALL

Samuel Jackson Bolling
John McPherson

Arthur Campbell Beard↓
James Lawrence Sheffield↓

CALHOUN

MARION

John Martin Crook
Daniel T. Ryan
George Croghan Whatley

Lang C. Allen↓
Winston Dilmus Stidham↓

CHAMBERS

MOBILE

William Hodges Barnes
James Ferguson Dowdell

John Bragg
Edmund Strother Dargan
H.G. Humphries
George Augustus Ketchum

CHEROKEE

MONROE

John Potter↓
John Perkins Ralls
Henry Chambers Sanford↓
William LaFayette Whitlock↓

Lyman Gibbons

CHOCTAW

MONTGOMERY

Sanford E. Catterlin
A.J. Curtis

Thomas Hill Watts
William Lowndes Yancey

CLARKE

MORGAN

Origin Sibley Jewett, Sr.

Jonathan Ford↓

COFFEE

PERRY

Gappa Talmadge Yelverton

James Francis Bailey
William McLin Brooks

CONECUH

PICKENS

John Green↓

W.H. Davis
Lewis Maxwell Stone

COOSA

PIKE

Albert Crumpler
John B. Leonard
George Taylor

Jeremiah Augustus Henderson
Andrew Pickens Love
Eli W. Starke

COVINGTON

RANDOLPH

DeWitt C. Davis

George Forrester↓
Henry Mitchell Gay↓
Richard J. Wood↓

DALE

RUSSELL

David Bryan Creech
James McKinney

Benjamin Hurt Baker
Ralph Owens Howard

DALLAS

SHELBY

John Tyler Morgan
William S. Phillips

John Mitchell McClanahan, Sr.
George David Shortridge, Sr.

DeKALB

ST. CLAIR

John H. Franklin↓
William Overton Winston↓

John Washington Inzer↓

FAYETTE

SUMTER

Elliott Priest Jones↓
Benjamin W. Wilson↓

Augustus A. Coleman

FRANKLIN

TALLADEGA

John A. Steele↓
Richard S. Watkins↓

Archibald Rhea Barclay
Nelson D. Johnson
M.G. Slaughter

GREENE

TALLAPOOSA

Thomas Hord Herndon
James Daniel Webb

Michael Jefferson Bulger↓
A. Kimball↓
Timothy John Russell↓

HENRY

TUSCALOOSA

Hastings E. Owens
Thomas T. Smith

Robert Jemison, Jr.
William Russell Smith

JACKSON

WALKER

John Reid Coffey↓
William A. Hood↓
John P. Timberlake↓

Robert Guttrey↓

JEFFERSON

WASHINGTON

William S. Earnest↓

James G. Hawkins

LAUDERDALE

WILCOX

Henry Cox Jones
Sidney Cherry Posey↓

Franklin King Beck

LAWRENCE

WINSTON

James S. Clark↓
David Peter Lewis

Charles Christopher Sheats↓

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