Five of the Confederate states did not write elaborate explanations of secession, issuing only the legal documents dissolving their connection to the United States.
Two of these states were in the first phase of secession: Florida (third to secede on January 10, 1861) and Louisiana (sixth to secede on January 26, 1861).
The other three states who issued just the legal ordinances of secession were in the second phase of secession, after the Confederacy was already formally declared by the first seven seceded states: Virginia (eighth to secede on April 17, 1861), North Carolina (tenth to secede on May 20, 1861), and Tennessee (last to secede on June 8, 1861).
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Dr. Kathleen Logothetis Thompson graduated with her Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 2017. She earned her M.A. from West Virginia University in 2012 and her B.A. in history with a Certificate in Revolutionary Era Studies from Siena College in 2010. In addition, Kathleen was a seasonal interpreter at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park from 2010-2014 and has worked on various other publications and projects.