On this day in Alabama history: the Confederate States of America was established

On this day in Alabama history: the Confederate States of America was established
Photograph shows a crowd celebrating the victory of the first battle of Manassas at the Confederate capitol in Richmond, Va., 1861. Photograph was taken by D.H. Anderson. (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

February 4, 1861

Delegates from South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana met in Montgomery to establish the Confederate States of America. Known as the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States, the legislature, soon joined by Texas, drafted a provisional constitution that was unanimously adopted on February 8 and selected Jefferson Davis as president and Alexander H. Stephens as vice president. The legislature remained in Montgomery until May 21 and held its remaining sessions in Richmond, Va., until November 8, when it was replaced by a newly-elected permanent government.

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