Confederate States of America Legislative Document
This broadside, published by Authority, presents to the citizens of Tennessee the General Assembly's reasons for proposing to leave the United States of America. These include a government blockade at Cairo, aggression by a duplicitous federal government, and political isolation from other Southern states. It then announces a general vote to be held on June 8 to decide, separately, whether or not to secede from the Union, and whether or not to join the Confederacy. This call is submitted by R. G. Paine and eight other members of the Joint Select Committee.
Also included on the broadside are the Declaration of Independence of Tennessee, submitted by W. C. Whitthorne and B. L. Stoval; the military agreement between Tennessee and the Confederacy, endorsed by Governor Isham G. Harris; the act to authorize a provisional force, passed by the legistlature on May 6, 1861; and the Constitution of the Provisional Government of the Confederated States of America, established by South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
- 1861 May
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This broadside, published by Authority, presents to the citizens of Tennessee the General Assembly's reasons for proposing to leave the United States of America, as well as the Declaration of Independence of Tennessee, the military agreement between Tennessee and the Confederacy, the act to authorize a provisional force, and the Constitution of the Provisional Government of the Confederated States of America.
Tennessee held this referendum to secede from the Union on June 8, 1861. East Tennessee voted to remain, but was outvoted by both West and Middle Tennessee. The state was formally admitted into the Confederacy on July 2, 1861.
This broadside consists of a single oversize folder.
This broadside is the property of Special Collections.