Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April 12th, 1861

After today 150 years ago, Tennessee and the country would never be the same again:

What happened that day would change our country forever. We know that South Carolina had seceded from the Union the previous December 20th. Other States of the Deep South would follow. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas would send delegates to Montgomery in February to establish a new constitution and a new Confederacy. Tennessee, along with much of the Mid-South, resisted secession. It is said that the dearth of slaves in East Tennessee made the Unionist sentiment that is so often spoken of by some practical. The reality was that many slaveholders in East Tennessee were among the most ardent Unionists, largely because they believed that the Union would allow them to keep their slaves if they supported the federal cause.

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