TODAY IN SOUTHERN HISTORY  
 
 
February 22nd marks the 158th anniversary of the establishment of the permanent Government of the Confederate States of America. This day was deliberately chosen as the birthday of the new "republic of republics," for it was also the birthday of the illustrious Virginian, George Washington. 

President Jefferson Davis said, "We have changed the constituent parts, but not the system of our Government. The Constitution formed by our fathers is that of these Confederate States, in their exposition of it, and in the judicial construction it has received, we have a light which reveals its true meaning." 

 Carefully avoiding the ambiguities of the U.S. Constitution which had allowed for the growth of a sectional party in the North, the preamble of the C.S. Constitution clearly stated from whence political power in the new Confederacy was drawn and for what purpose it was formed: "We, the people of the Confederate States, each State acting in its sovereign and independent character, in order to form a permanent federal government, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity — invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God — do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Confederate States of America."