Montgomery, Ala. – Feb. 18, 1861
THOUSANDS CHEER THE NEW LEADER
A near panic in Montgomery today as a record crowd came streaming into the city to witness the inauguration of Jefferson Davis. The president of the Confederate States, an experienced man in politics, has served in Congress as a Senator. The former West Point graduate was the Secretary of War from 1853 till 1857. Southern officials are convinced that Davis will be a strong president and earn the respect of both the North and the South. Thousands witnessed the inauguration and cheered wildly when the ceremony was over. The official flag of the Confederate States will be unfurled for the first time within a few days, the new president announced.