Permanent Constitution of the Confederate States of America

Permanent Constitution of the Confederate States of America

Descriptive Summary

Title: Permanent Constitution of the Confederate States of America
Creator: Confederate States of America. Constitutional Convention (1861)
Inclusive Dates: 1861, 1883-1951
Language: English
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet 1 box and 1 tube
Collection Number: ms1512
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the original signed manuscript of the permanent constitution of the Confederate 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 correspondence related to the ownership of the constitution and three photographs.


Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

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

Custodial History

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

Permanent Constitution of the Confederate States of America, ms1512, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

The Constitution has been digitized and is available online through the Digital Library of Georgia: https://dlg.usg.edu/record/guan_civilwar_const#text


Related Materials and Subjects

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
Permanent Constitution of the Confederate States of America, 1861 March 11 Access Online
 
boxfolder
11Correspondence and photographs, 1883-1951

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