Editor says, what if Texas had not seceded from the Union? muses Jeff Provine on This Day in Alternate History Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Jeff Provine Blog thread.
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Editor says, in reality Houston was largely neutral, claiming that if Texas were to secede, it should at most revert to its independent status as a republic. The Texas legislature pledged to uphold whatever decision came of the convention, which voted 166 to 7 for secession. Houston refused to acknowledge Texas' shift to the Confederacy and was drummed out of office. After being hounded by crowds calling for reasons behind his lack of support for the Confederacy, Houston made his prophetic speech on April 19, just days after the Battle of Fort Sumter, Lincoln's call for 75.000 volunteers to retake federal property by force, and Virginia's resulting secession. The war would end with the cost of over 600,000 lives and an 1879-estimated 6,190,000,000 dollars. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.