Order of the Procession on the Great Day

The provisional articles of a treaty of peace were signed at Paris, November 30, 1782, and in pursuance of a declaration of the continental congress, April 11, 1783, Governor Benjamin Harrison issued his proclamation for the cessation of hostilities within the State. He communicated his proclamation to the mayor of Williamsburg, and on May 1, […]

“Whereas George Guelf…”

Whereas George Guelf king of Great Britain and Ireland and Elector of Hanover, heretofore entrusted with the exercise of the kingly office in this government hath endeavored to pervert the same into a detestable and insupportable tyranny; by putting his negative on laws the most wholesome & necessary for ye public good; by denying to […]

In the Full Possession and Exercise of All the Rights of Sovereignty

Now, therefore, we, the people of Virginia, do declare and ordain that the Ordinance adopted by the people of this State in Convention, on the twenty-fifth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight, whereby the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified, and all acts […]

The School Bids Fair to Equal That of Any Military Academy in the South

University Military School. – The school lately established at the University of Virginia, for military instruction, has been started under most happy auspices, so far as the prospects of the school itself are concerned. – It is now in a very flourishing condition, about one hundred young gentlemen having already entered, and the applications daily received for admission being numerous. […]

We Ask No Compromise

We, the descendants of the leaders of that illustrious race of men who achieved our independence and established our institutions, were to become a degraded and a subject class, under that government which our fathers created to secure the equality of all the States—to bend our necks to the yoke which a false fanaticism had […]

Every Facility Will Be Afforded By Our People to Induce Them to Come

Richmond as the Confederate Capital. — We understand there is considerable favor shown to our beautiful and advantageously situated city by the Provisional Congress, as the permanent Capital of our Southern Confederacy. We say advantageously situated, for if Washington was a suitable location for the Capital of the United States, we think that, as we […]

We Have Rescued the Constitution from Utter Annihilation

[…] I presume that no event since the separation of the more Southern States from the late Union, has occurred to give such unbounded pleasure to the whole Southern people, as the news that the Old Dominion had thrown her fortunes with ours. We had thought, from the beginning, that this result would ultimately be inevitable. Individually, […]

Chains of a Despicable and Ignoble Vassalage

The triumph of truth and justice over wrong and attempted insult was never more heartily appreciated by a spontaneous uprising of the people. Soon the Southern wind will sweep away with the resistless force of a tornado, all vestige of sympathy or desire of co-operation with a tyrant who, under false pretenses, in the name […]

The Solemnity of the Occasion

On Tuesday, 23 April 1861, the Virginia Secession Convention was briefly addressed by Major General Robert Edward Lee, to whom, the day before, it had commended the command of the provisional army and naval forces of the Commonwealth of Virginia. After a flowery introduction by the President of the Convention, Major General Lee rose to speak. […]