Alabama Ordnance and President William M. Brooks


Brigadier General
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Apr 11, 2016
South Carolina
An Ordinance to dissolve the union between the State of Alabama and the other States united under the compact styled "The Constitution of the United States of America"

Whereas, the election of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin to the offices of president and vice-president of the United States of America, by a sectional party, avowedly hostile to the domestic institutions and to the peace and security of the people of the State of Alabama, preceded by many and dangerous infractions of the constitution of the United States by many of the States and people of the Northern section, is a political wrong of so insulting and manacing a character as to justify the people of the State of Alabama in the adoption of prompt and decided measures for their future peace and security, therefore:

Be it declared and ordained by the people of the State of Alabama, in Convention assembled, That the State of Alabama now withdraws, and is hereby withdrawn from the Union known as "the United States of America," and henceforth ceases to be one of said United States, and is, and of right ought to be a Sovereign and Independent State.

Sec 2. Be it further declared and ordained by the people of the State of Alabama in Convention assembled, That all powers over the Territory of said State, and over the people thereof, heretofore delegated to the Government of the United States of America, be and they are hereby withdrawn from said Government, and are hereby resumed and vested in the people of the State of Alabama.

And as it is the desire and purpose of the people of Alabama to meet the slaveholding States of the South, who may approve such purpose, in order to frame a provisional as well as permanent Government upon the principles of the Constitution of the United States,

Be it resolved by the people of Alabama in Convention assembled, That the people of the States of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri, be and are hereby invited to meet the people of the State of Alabama, by their Delegates, in Convention, on the 4th day of February, A.D., 1861, at the city of Montgomery, in the State of Alabama, for the purpose of consulting with each other as to the most effectual mode of securing concerted and harmonious action in whatever measures may be deemed most desirable for our common peace and security.

And be it further resolved, That the President of this Convention, be and is hereby instructed to transmit forthwith a copy of the foregoing Preamble, Ordinance, and Resolutions to the Governors of the several States named in said resolutions.
Done by the people of the State of Alabama, in Convention assembled, at Montgomery, on this the eleventh day of January, A.D. 1861

William McLin Brooks:

Born: October 15, 1814

Birthplace: Sumter District South Carolina

Father: William Middleton Brooks 1783 – 1835

Mother: Elizabeth Watson 1787 –

Wife: Anne E. Terrell 1846 –


Ida Henley Brooks Bradford 1863 – 1917


1822 – 1823: Attended South Carolina College

Occupation before War:

Attorney in Linden Alabama

1842: Convicted William H. Jones for murdering his slave Isabel

1846 – 1853: Attorney in Mobile Alabama

1856 – 1861: Attorney in Marion Alabama

Political Career:

Solicitor Judicial District in Alabama

Circuit Court Judge in Marion Alabama

1860: Delegate to Democratic Party National Convention

1861: President of Alabama State Secession Convention

Civil War Service:

1864 – 1865: Captain of 3rd Alabama Reserves Regiment

1865: Paroled by Union Army in Marion Alabama on May 16th

Occupation after War:

1866 – 1886: Attorney in Selma Alabama

1886 – 1894: Attorney in Birmingham Alabama

Died: October 26, 1894

Place of Death: Birmingham Alabama

Age at time of Death: 80 years old

Burial Place: Saint Wilfrids Cemetery Marion Alabama

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