Editor says, what if Texas had voted to secede, but not join the Confederacy in 1861? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, please note that extensive amounts of content have been repurposed from the source article which concludes: "On March 16, 1861, the Texas Secession Convention called for all the state's elected officials to take a loyalty oath to the new government. Sam Houston, twice president of the Republic, as well as U.S. senator, governor and slave owner, sat silent. He never did pledge allegiance to the Confederacy, and he died in 1863 still convinced that his fellow Texans had made a terrible mistake". Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.