AN ORDINANCE to dissolve the union between the State of Louisiana and other States united
with her under the compact entitled "The Constitution of the United States of America."
We, the people of the State of Louisiana, in convention assembled, do declare and ordain, and it is
hereby declared and ordained, That the ordinance passed by us in convention on the 22d day of
November, in the year eighteen hundred and eleven, whereby the Constitution of the United
States of America and the amendments of the said Constitution were adopted, and all laws and
ordinances by which the State of Louisiana became a member of the Federal Union, be, and the
same are hereby, repealed and abrogated; and that the union now subsisting between Louisiana
and other States under the name of "The United States of America" is hereby dissolved.
We do further declare and ordain, That the State of Louisiana hereby resumes all rights and
powers heretofore delegated to the Government of the United States of America; that her citizens
are absolved from all allegiance to said Government; and that she is in full possession and exercise
of all those rights of sovereignty which appertain to a free and independent State.
We do further declare and ordain, That all rights acquired and vested under the Constitution of
the United States, or any act of Congress, or treaty, or under any law of this State, and not
incompatible with this ordinance, shall remain in force and have the same effect as if this
ordinance had not been passed.
Adopted in convention at Baton Rouge this 26th day of January, 1861.
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