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    1862 Program for the Second Inaugural of Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens, Titled Programme for the Inauguration of the President and Vice-President of the Confederate States. Four pages (two recto and two verso of one folded leaf), 5.5" x 9.25", np [Richmond, Virginia], nd [February 22, 1862]. Having been inaugurated as provisional president and vice president of the Confederacy the year before, Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens were inaugurated again in 1862 following the ratification of the Confederate Constitution in March of 1861 and their official election on November 6, 1861. Davis and Stephens were elected to a single six-year term under the Confederate Constitution, and the inauguration was held on February 22, 1862 in the newly crowned Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. This intriguing document is the program for the inauguration in Richmond. The program enumerates the sequence of events for February 22, 1862, beginning with "The Senate and House of Representatives will meet in their respective Halls at 11 1-2 o'clock, A.M., and then with their respective officers repair to the Hall of the House of Delegates of Virginia, which has been kindly tendered by the House of Delegates." Following the Senate and House, the program states that "The President and Vice-President elect will be conducted to the Hall by the Joint Committee of Arrangements at 11 3-4 o'clock, and be received by the assembly standing." The program continues to lay out the particular details of the ceremony, and concludes with the delivery of the inaugural address, the administering of the oath to both the president and vice-president, and both of the newly sworn-in officials being "escorted to their homes by the Committee of Arrangements." Interestingly, Davis never finished a term as an elected official, and his election as president of the Confederacy was no exception. Stephens would go on to win election to the United States Senate and the Georgia governorship following the Civil War. The document presented here is in fine condition, with one horizontal and one vertical fold, some minor chipping to the edges, one very minimal fold break at the junction of the folds, and one very faded stain toward the top. In sum, these flaws only add character to this fascinating and historical piece of Confederate ephemera.

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