Old South Military Antiques

ICONIC UNION DISSOLVED BROADSIDE
Item #: OS-7115



  Before conservation


  Before conservation-reverse

The Charleston Mercury’s "The Union is Dissolved” broadside went to press 15 minutes after the secession ordinance was passed. The editors commented, "Within a very few minutes after the announcement of the secession vote, our messengers arrived . . . in less than fifteen minutes our Extras, containing the long looked for Ordinance, were being thrown off by fast presses and distributed among the eager multitude that thronged under the great banner of the ‘Southern Confederacy.’ As the brief and expressive words of the ordinance were read from our bulletin by the crowd, cheer after cheer went up in honor of the glorious event.”

This important historical record reads:

CHARLESTON
MERCURY
EXTRA:
Passed unanimously at 1.15 o’clock, P.M., December
20th, 1860.
AN ORDINANCE

To dissolve the Union between the State of South Carolina 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 South Carolina, in Convention assembled, do declare and ordain, and it is hereby declared and ordained,

That the Ordinance adopted by us in Convention, on the twenty-third day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, whereby the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified, and also, all Acts and parts of Acts of the General Assembly of this State, ratifying amendments of the said Constitution, are hereby repealed; and that the union now subsisting between South Carolina and other States, under the name of The United States of America, is hereby dissolved.

That pretty well sums up the situation. Just as South Carolina voted to join the Union of States, it voted itself out, a right which no one previously doubted that they had, but with the North facing economic collapse due to the South’s new tariff policy, Lincoln decided to inaugurate war.

This broadside when found was in very good condition, as the before conservation pictures show, and after light conservation, it is stunning. It has been professionally framed behind museum grade glass and it displays beautifully.
Price $29,000.00 USD