Saturday, January 26, 1861
Louisiana’s Secession Convention began their meetings on the 23rd in the Hall of the House of Representatives in the State Capitol at Baton Rouge. For three days, resolutions were passed, chiseling away the state from the Union. Like other Southern states, their main complaint was the election of Lincoln and the fear that the Federal government would not recognize the “private property” (slaves) of the Southern states.
In a call to a slaveholding confederacy, it was even resolved that “any attempt by the Federal Government, or others, to coerce any State that has seceded, or may hereafter secede from the Union, will be regarded by Louisiana as an act of war upon all the slaveholding States”
On this date, the final resolution of secession was put to a vote and carried 113 to 17 in favor of leaving the Union. Like the other ordnances of secession, Louisiana’s resolved “that the union now subsisting between Louisiana and other States under the name of “The United States of America” is hereby dissolved.”
Louisiana, with an eye towards a Southern Confederacy, became the sixth state to leave the Union.1
- Official Journal of the Proceedings of the Convention of the State of Louisiana by Louisiana Constitutional Convention, Confederate States of America, J.O. Nixon, Printer to the State Convention, 1861. [↩]