Monday, March 18, 2013

The Last Adjournment

The Congress of the Confederate States adjourned for the last time March 18th 1865.

The Congress of the Confederate States was the legislative body for the states that made up the Confederacy.  It was made up similarly to the United States Congress with two houses.  The Senate which consisted of two senators from each state, who were picked by the Legislature of the state they came from, and in the House of Representatives one who was elected by voters in their individual states.  The first elections for the Confederate Congress were held November 6th 1861.

They held four sessions in Richmond, Virginia, their last session was adjourned March 18th 1865.  One of the final acts by the Confederate Congress was the passage of a law emancipation slaves who were willing to join the military and fight for the Confederacy.

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