On Monday, February 18, 1861, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated president of the Confederate States of America. The ceremony took place in front of the state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama. Howell Cobb, president of the Confederate Congress, administered the oath of office.
In his inaugural address, Davis declared that secession was right, reasonable and legal, a step taken out of necessity. He hoped that there would be peace, but, if not, "it will remain to us with firm resolve to appeal to arms and invoke the blessing of Providence on a just cause." He also declared that "a reunion with the States from which we have separated is neither practicable nor desirable."