Confederate States of America constitution

Confederate States of America constitution

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Confederate States of America. Constitutional Convention. (1861)
Title: Confederate States of America constitution next hit
Dates: 1861 March 11, 1939
Quantity: 1.0 folder (3 photographs)
Coll. Number: ms1512

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the original signed manuscript of the permanent previous hitconstitution of the Confederate next hit States of America, adopted on March 11, 1861. The document consists of five vellum sheets pasted together and rolled, signed by Howell Cobb, President of the Congress and delegates from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas. The collections also includes three photographs of the transfer of the constitution

Index Terms

Confederate next hit States of America--Politics and government.
Confederate States of America.
previous hitConstitutions.

General Notes

The consititution has been digitized and is available online.

Administrative Information

Custodial History note

This manuscript was part of a wagon load of boxes rescued from the railroad station in Chester, South Carolina in April of 1865 by Felix G. DeFontaine, a newspaper correspondent during the war. The boxes, which had been abandoned by fleeing troops, contained the records of the Confederate government, which were being sent south after the evacuation of Richmond. The prizes among the records which DeFontaine recovered were the two Constitutions of the Confederacy, Provisional and Permanent.

DeFontaine sold the manuscript copy of the Provisional Constitution at auction in New York in 1883. It is now in the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond. He sold the manuscript copy of the Permanent Constitution to Mrs. George Wymberley Jones DeRenne on July 4, 1883. The University of Georgia purchased the Constitution from the DeRenne family in 1939.

Preferred Citation note

Confederate States of America constitution, ms 1512. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Conditions Governing Access note

Due to fragility and rarity this item is not available for general access.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

Constitution, 1861 previous hitMarch 11 View online.
11Photographs of the transfer of the Confederate Constitution