The Confederacy, officially the Confederate States of America, was a group of 11 Southern States of the United States that declared secession from the United States in 1861. These states were unhappy following the election of the Republican Party who were against slavery. The secession was rejected by the US government and no other country recognized the government of the Confederacy. In 1961 tensions between the two governments led to the American Civil War. If you want to know who was the leader of the Confederacy, keep reading to find out.
Who was the President of the Confederate States of America?
The President of the Confederacy was Jefferson Davis. He was serving as the United States Senator from Mississippi in 1861 when Mississippi announced secession in January. 14 days later Davis was made a major general of the Army of Mississippi. On February 9 a convention was held to elect a provisional president and Davis was elected. He was inaugurated on February 18, 1861 and remained president until He was captured on May 10th, 1865. He was imprisoned for two years and was released on a bail of $100,000.
Did you know?
Jefferson Davis had actually argued against secession, but had given up on this idea after most of the other delegates supported it. It was revealed later that he didn’t actually want to be the President and would have been happy to simply serve as a general in the Confederate States Army.
The Vice President of the Confederate States of America was Alexander Stephens. He served from February 11, 1861, until May 11, 1865, when he was arrested. Like Davis, he has also argued against succession!