Friday, June 08, 2007

Article of Secession: Louisiana

26 January, 1861

An Ordinance to dissolve the Union between the State of Louisiana and other States united with her under the compact of Government entitled “The Constitution of the United States of America”
We, the people of the State of Louisiana, in Convention assembled, do declare and ordain, and it is hereby declared and ordained, that the Ordinance passed by us in Convention on the 22nd day of November, in the year 1811, whereby the Constitution of the United States of America, and the amendments of said Constitution, were adopted, and all laws and ordinances by which the State of Louisiana became a member of the Federal Union, be, and the same are hereby, repealed and abrogated; and that the union now subsisting between Louisiana and other States, under the name of the “United States of America,” is hereby dissolved.
We do further declare and ordain, that the State of Louisiana hereby resumes all rights and powers heretofore delegated to the Government of the United States of America; that her citizens are absolved from all allegiance to said Government; and that she is in full possession and exercise of all those rights of sovereignty which appertain to a free and independent State.
We do further declare and ordain, that all rights acquired and vested under the Constitution of the United States, or any act of Congress or treaty, or under any law of this State and not incompatible with this ordinance, shall remain in force, and have the same effect as if this ordinance had not been passed.
The undersigned hereby certifies that the above ordinance is a true copy of the original ordinance adopted this day by the Convention of the State of Louisiana.
Given under my hand and the great seal of Louisiana, at Baton Rouge, this 26th day of January, in the year of our Lord, 1861.
A. MOUTON; Pres. of the Convention.
J. Thomas Wheat, Secretary of the Convention.

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