Secession was only a first step in South Carolina's actions to separate from the United States. Other states followed South Carolina. By February of 1861, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas had also seceded, and representatives of the seven states met in Montgomery, Alabama, to proclaim themselves a new nation. A sense of southern pride in that achievement can be glimpsed from this image, taken from a small printed envelope of Confederate stationery, proclaiming "We Are Seven."
Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library.