Pictured in the illustration are:
Senator Clement C. Clay,
James A. Stallworth,
Williamson R. W. Cobb,
Senator Benjamin Fitzpatrick,
James L. Pugh,
Jabez L. M. Curry, and
George S. Houston.
The first mention of the possible secession of Alabama came in a story in the January 5, 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly:
Harper's Weekly January 5, 1861
ALABAMA FOR SECESSION
A dispatch, dated
Montgomery, Alabama, December 26, says: Returns from all the counties in the different sections of the State, thus far received, indicate that straight out secession has swept every thing by fifty thousand in East, West, Middle, and Southern Alabama. Hardly one opposed to separate State action has been elected. The majority in the Convention for the Immediate Secession will be at least fifty. Alabama will follow South Carolina on the 10th of January. Today passed off very quietly. No disturbance among the Negro population, and no apprehension of any. Governor Moore has issued a proclamation for an extra session of the Legislature to convene on the 14th of January.
- - - - - End of January 5 story - - - -
The first actual announcement of Alabama secession in Harper's came in the January 19 edition, in this brief announcement:
Harper's Weekly January 19, 1861
Secession of Mississippi,
Florida, and Alabama:
The Mississippi State Convention on the 8th adopted an ordinance providing for immediate secession from the Union. Reports from Jackson, the capital of Mississippi, confirms this news. On the 10th Florida Seceded by 62 to 7. On the 11th, Alabama seceded by 61 to 39.
- - - - End of January 19 story - - - -
As you can see the news was initially somewhat sketchy, and not many details were offered.
The two key documents related to Alabama Secession were:
Alabama Declaration of Secession