1861 Four Conv. Sessions

THE 1861 NORTH CAROLINA SECESSION CONVENTION: THE POLITICS OF ITS FOUR SESSIONS [20 May 1861 to 1 November 1862].

The deliberations of the county delegates at the Secession Convention occurred in four sessions:

1. 20 May 1861 to 28 June 1861;

2. 18 November 1861 to 13 December 1861;

3. 20 January 1862 to 26 February 1862; and

4. 21 April 1762 to 13 May 1862.

At the conclusion of business on 13 May 1862, the Convention did not adjourn permanently. By motion, it was agreed that the Convention could meet any time one was called by President Edwards, and if he died, by Delegates Graham, Howard, Badger, Smith of Halifax and Rayner, or a majority of them. Thus, legally, the Convention ended on 1 November 1862.

from: Kemp P. Battle, “The Secession Convention of 1861,” THE NORTH CAROLINA BOOKLET. Volume 15, Number 4 [April, 1916]. Kemp Battle was a delegate from Wake County at the Secession Convention.

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