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From the Civil War Daily Gazette:
The Secession of Arkansas and Tennessee!
Posted By Eric on May 6, 2011Monday, May 6, 1861
It took some time to get things organized, but the states of Tennessee and Arkansas were ready to leave the Union. If the battle at Fort Sumter wasn’t enough to draw both of them to the Confederacy, Lincoln’s calls for troops was.
Tennessee’s legislature was called into an extra session on April 25th and by May 6th, it had voted 20 to 4 in the Senate and 46 to 21 in the House in favor of leaving the Union. A final, public vote would be held on June 8th, but that was a mere formality. Tennessee was out.
Right away the state adopted the Constitution of the Confederate States of America and enacted to raise 55,000 troops in defense of the South. Tennessee also ordered each of the counties to raise home guards, called for the arrest of “suspicious persons,” and to ensure that all slaves were disarmed.1
Arkansas’s decision was as complex as Tennessee’s. While Tennessee’s status as a border state weighed heavy on her government’s mind, Arkansas’s proximity to and relationship with Missouri weighed heavy on hers. For the time being, Missouri was with the North. Arkansas was a slave state, recently redeclaring that the North’s denial of slavery’s extension was cause enough to dissolve the Union. The state’s first secession convention met in March, but it had voted to remain in the Union.2
Now, after Sumter and Lincoln’s call for troops, the time had come. The legislature had voted 69 to 1 in favor of secession. In their ordinance of secession, Arkansas pledged “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.”3
Two more states were now for the Confederacy, bringing their count to ten. North Carolina was teetering and probably lost already. Maryland had voted to remain, but for how long? The border states of Kentucky and Missouri were now also in grave danger of falling."