1863 · New Orleans
The Executive Central Committee in Louisiana was a conservative organization that sought to re-institute the original American Constitution in Louisiana (mainly to restore slavery), and lobbied Abraham Lincoln on the matter in the summer of 1863. Of course, Lincoln did not comply, siding with the more radical Free State Committee, and insisting on a new constitutional convention for Louisiana followed by new elections before Congress met in early December. The present document surely came about as a reaction to efforts by the Executive Central Committee to get their way before a new Constitution, based on eventual Reconstruction, the Emancipation Proclamation, and new elections, could be drafted and approved. Lincoln's efforts at a new constitution and elections for Louisiana continued into 1864, and came to fruition for a brief time, with new elections in late February and a new constitution ratified by public vote in September. This new political landscape for Louisiana was short-lived, however, as the U.S. Congress refused to seat the Louisiana delegation in December 1864.
Not in Jumonville or Thompson, and with no copies in OCLC. An illuminating entry in the brief Free State movement in Louisiana during the Civil War. (Inventory #: WRCAM55510)