State Seal of Kentucky (Confederate) (1862)
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     This is the State Seal of Kentucky (Confederate), as adopted 16 January 1862.
"Voce Populi" means "Voice of the People".

Ordinance of Secession of Kentucky
(A Convention representing 68 counties adopted this Ordinance of Secession
on behalf of the state in Russellville on 20 November 1861.)

Whereas the Federal Constitution, which created the Government of the United States, was declared by the framers thereof to be the supreme law of the land and was intended to limit the powers of said Government to certain general specified purposes, and did expressly reserve to the States and people all other powers whatever; and the President and Congress have treated this supreme law of the Union with contempt, and usurped to themselves the power to interfere with the rights and liberties of the States and the people against the expressed provisions of the Constitution, and have thus substituted for the highest forms of rational liberty and constitutional government, a central despotism, founded upon the ignorant prejudices of the masses of Northern society, and, instead of giving protection with the Constitution to the people of fifteen States of this Union, have turned loose upon them the unrestrained and raging passions of mobs and fanatics, and because we seek to hold our liberties, our property, our homes, and our families, under the protection of the reserved powers of the States, have blockaded our ports, invaded our soil, and waged war upon our people for the purpose of subjugating us to their will; and

Whereas our honor and our duty to posterity demand that we shall not relinquish our own liberty, and shall not abandon the right of our descendants and the world to the inestimable blessings of constitutional government: Therefore,

Be it ordained, That we do hereby forever sever our connection with the Government of the United States, and, in the name of the people, we do hereby declare Kentucky to be a free and independent State, clothed with all power to fix her own destiny and to secure her own rights and liberties; and

Whereas the majority of the legislature of Kentucky have violated their most solemn pledges, made before the election, and deceived and betrayed the people; have abandoned the position of neutrality assumed by themselves and the people, and invited into the State the organized armies of Lincoln; have abdicated the Government in favor of a military despotism which they have placed around themselves, but cannot control, and have abandoned the duty of shielding the citizens with their protection; have thrown upon our people and the State the horrors and ravages of war, instead of attempting to preserve the peace, and have voted men and money for the war waged by the North for the destruction of our constitutional rights; have violated the expressed words of the Constitution by borrowing five millions of money for the support of the war, without a vote of the people; have permitted the arrest and imprisonment of our citizens and transferred the constitutional prerogatives of the executive to a military commission of partisans; have seen the right of habeas corpus suspended without an effort for its preservation, and permitted our people to be driven in exile from their homes; have subjected our property to confiscation, and our persons to confinement in the penitentiary as felons, because we may choose to take part in a contest for civil liberty and constitutional government against a sectional majority waging war against the people and institutions of fifteen independent States of the old Federal Union, and have done all these things deliberately against the warnings and vetoes of the governor and the solemn remonstrances of the minority in the senate and house of representatives: Therefore,

Be it further ordained, That the unconstitutional edicts of a factious majority of a legislature thus false to their pledges, their honor, and their interests, are not law, and that such government is unworthy of the support of a brave and free people; and that we do therefore declare that the people are thereby absolved from all allegiance to said government, and that they have a right to establish any government which to them may seem best adapted to the preservation of their rights and liberties.

Done at Russellville, in the State of Kentucky, this 20th day of November, in the year of our Lord 1861.

Kentucky Secession Convention Officers
(County of representation is in parentheses.
To assist in completing full names contact the Historian.)

PRESIDENT

Henry Cornelius Burnett (TRIGG)

SECRETARY

Robert McKee (JEFFERSON)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY

Theodore Legrand Burnett (SPENCER)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY

Thomas Sharp Bryan (CHRISTIAN)

Kentucky Secession Convention Delegates
(This list is in development. Should you wish to assist, please e-mail the Historian.)

ANDERSON

MARION

James A. McBrayer
Joseph Hamilton Daviess McKee

Michael McArty
L.M. Ray
William E. Ray

BALLARD

MARSHALL

W.M. Coffee
W. Towsley

Jesse C. Gilbert

BARREN

McCRACKEN

James Preston Bates, Sr.
William F. Bell
W.K. Edmunds
J.W. Evarts
C.W. Parrish
S.S. Scott
N.A. Smith
R.W. Thomas

William G. Bullitt
Henry H. Houston
John M. Johnson
John Quincy Adams King
A.F. Williams

BOURBON

McLEAN

William Randolph Cunningham

John J. Dennis
J.L. Gregory

BOYLE

MERCER

Samuel H. McBride

Philip Burton Thompson, Sr.

CALLOWAY

METCALFE

J.F. Bell
Francis W. Dodds
Crawford A. Duncan
Peter Stainback Hamlin
Andrew Jackson Holland
Thomas M. Jones
William T. Mathes
D. Mathewson
Alexander Wesson

E.R. Woodward

CARROLL

MONROE

H.L. Giltner

Z. McDaniel

CHRISTIAN

MONTGOMERY

Thomas Sharp Bryan
Hardy S. Sypert

James William Moore

FAYETTE

MUHLENBURG

Robert Jefferson Breckinridge, Jr.

W.N. Wand

FULTON

NELSON

Albert D. Kingman
William J. Lunsford

John C. Brodhead
William E. Miner

GRAVES

NICHOLAS

Andrew Rechmond Boone
J.A. Pertle
John Ridgeway
Henry Mason Rose
J.D. Scaff

Eli Metcalfe Bruce

GRAYSON

OLDHAM

J.J. Cunningham

Owen Dorsey

HARDIN

OWEN

Robert S. Ford
William Johnston

J.J. Conover

HART

SCOTT

J.J. Groves
W.S. Showdy
William W. Thompson

George W. Johnson
Alexander Keene Richards

HENDERSON

SIMPSON

John Watkins Crockett

William B. Clark
B. W. Williams

HENRY

SPENCER

B.W. Jenkins

Theodore Legrand Burnett

HOPKINS

TODD

L.M. Lowe

W.B. Harrison
G. Line
James A. Russell

JEFFERSON

TRIGG

Horatio Washington Bruce
Blanton Duncan
John Gwynn Page Hooe
B.K. Hornsby
Green Malcolm
Robert McKee
J.A. Penton
E.D. Ricketts
George P. Talbot

Andrew Cunningham, Jr.
W.H. Murtrie
H.H. Poston
Robert Woldridge

JESSAMINE

TRIMBLE

William K. Daniel

J.Y. Newkirk
William D. Ray

KENTON

UNION

David Pendleton Buckner

William J. Payne

LIVINGSTON

WARREN

Caswell Bennett

S.D. Blackburn
John Burnham

LOGAN

WASHINGTON

James Middleton Beall
John W. Malone
Cyrus Neville Pendleton

Robert A. Breckenridge

LYON

WEBSTER

Robert Livingston Cobb
Willis Benson Machen
George R. Merritt

Warren Lyttleton Jenkins

WOODFORD

Sanford Lyne

CURRENTLY UNMATCHED WITH CORRECT COUNTY OF REPRESENTATION

R.B. Alexander
John W. Arnett
P.C. Barnett
Thomas T. Barrett
Dorsey B. Bowers
J.P. Burnside
L.K. Chilton
Stephen Edwards
William S. Gaither
J.S. Gibbon
John J. Green
George W. Maxson
John J. Thomas

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