Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Why did Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, and North Carolina secede after the attack of Fort Sumter?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    In protest of Abraham Lincolns unconstitutional call up of troops to force the seceded states back into the union.

    "AN ORDINANCE to dissolve the union now existing between the State of Arkansas and the other States united with her under the compact entitled "The Constitution of the United States of America."

    Whereas, in addition to the well-founded causes of complaint set forth by this convention, in resolutions adopted on the 11th of March, A.D. 1861, against the sectional party now in power in Washington City, headed by Abraham Lincoln, he has, in the face of resolutions passed by this convention pledging the State of Arkansas to resist to the last extremity any attempt on the part of such power to coerce any State that had seceded from the old Union, proclaimed to the world that war should be waged against such States until they should be compelled to submit to their rule, and large forces to accomplish this have by this same power been called out, and are now being marshaled to carry out this inhuman design; and to longer submit to such rule, or remain in the old Union of the United States, would be disgraceful and ruinous to the State of Arkansas: "

    Governor Isham of Tennessee to Abraham Lincoln".... “Your dispatch of the 15th inst. informing me that Tennessee is called upon for two regiments of Militia for immediate service is received. Tennessee will not furnish a single man for coercion, but fifty thousand if necessary for the defense of our rights, and those of our Southern Brethren[.]"

    This will give you a general idea of the feeling in the Southern states at that time...that the government had overstepped its bounds in trying to force the seceded states back into the union at gunpoint.

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