AN ASTONISHING AND EXTREMELY FINE ADVERSITY USE OF THE BROADSIDE THAT ANNOUNCED THE START OF THE CIVIL WAR.
This is the original broadside announcing the Ordinance of Secession passed by South Carolina on December 20, 1861. The portion used for this envelope includes the Palmetto flag of South Carolina, the word "Declaration" and a section of the Ordinance with the words "People of [the State of] South Carolina". The spirit of independence -- or rebellion -- that guided South Carolina's decision to secede is reflected in the year "1776" printed at upper left.
Ex Hill and Gordon.