While angry clouds gathered in the southern sky and some southern states enacted ordinances of secession providing for funds and cannons, while the people of the North went their way, declaring that only a sprinkle would come from the angry clouds in the South, the appointed state commissioners of twenty-one states assembled at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D. C., February 4, 1861, at 12 o’clock, pursuant to the resolutions adopted by the General Assembly of Virginia, January 19, 1861.
Keene, Jesse L.
"Sectionalism in the Peace Convention of 1861,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 40:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol40/iss1/6