Jefferson Davis to Governor John W. Ellis, May 23, 1861

Tiffanie has added a new item to our Archival Treasures collection within the North Carolina Digital Collections:

Letter from Jefferson Davis to Governor John W. Ellis, May 23, 1861

On May 20, 1861 120 delegates assembled and unanimously voted to secede from the United States of America, and within an hour of adopting the secession resolution the same convention ratified the Provisional Constitution of the Confederate States of America.

Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, in this letter to Governor Ellis is responding to a telegram sent on May 22nd to request “machinery.” He also states “I have written to Gov. Letcher on the subject and desired him to communicate with you.” John Letcher was the Governor of Virginia.

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