Obeying the Very Inculcations We Had Received

West point and secession. By General D. H. Maury. I wish I could have seen Dr. Curry before he sent his letter vindicating General Lee from breach of faith in returning to his natural allegiance to Virginia when that State withdrew from the Federal Union; I would have given him some facts which were very strangely unknown […]

Dissolved

The Constitution was never submitted to the people of the United States in the aggregate, or as a people. No such political community as the people of the United States exists or ever did exist. There has never been any such thing as a vote of ‘the people of the United States in the aggregate’; […]

Secession Now, Secession Tomorrow, Secession Forever!

As long as the Union was faithful to her trust, Like friends and like brethren, kind were we, and just. But now, when Northern treachery attempts our rights to mar, We hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star. — The Bonnie Blue Flag.

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 […]

A Gross Abuse of Language

The withdrawal of a State from a league has no revolutionary or insurrectionary characteristic.  The government of the State remains unchanged as to all internal affairs.  It is only its external or confederate relations that are altered.  To term this action of a Sovereign a ‘rebellion’ is a gross abuse of language. — Jefferson Davis.

Limited by the Plain Sense and Intention of the Instrument

From the Virginia Report of 1799: That this Assembly doth explicitly and peremptorily declare, that it views the powers of the Federal Government, as resulting from the compact, to which the states are parties, as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting that compact; as no farther valid than they are […]