Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Secession Today

Tennessee seceded from the Union 150 years ago today:

When the first referendum on secession was presented to voters in February of 1861, 60% of them voted against leaving the Union. Washington, many reasoned, was not bothering them. That changed after Fort Sumter, when Lincoln demanded that those States still loyal to the Union submit a quota of troops to "suppress the rebellion" in the South. Governor Isham Green Harris, unwilling to officially use State troops to invade fellow Southern States that had not harassed Tennessee, politely told Washington that they may inhabit the Infernal Regions instead.

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At Wednesday, June 08, 2011 4:27:00 PM, Blogger Glen said...

And Scott County, in East Tennessee, then seceded from Tennessee and became the Independent State of Scott. It was not officially readmitted to the state of Tennessee until 1986.


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