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Editor says, what if Texan secessionists heeded Sam Houston's dire warning during the 1860 crisis? 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 Civil War AL thread. Alternate Historian and 1 other(s) like this article.
In 1860,Texas Governor Sam Houston delivered a fiery speech, "The Folly of Disunion" on this day at an anti-secessionist rally in Austin.
Lone StarMany Texans heeded Houston's warning, narrowly voting to remain in the Union on February 23, 1861; Texas would not after all become the seventh star in the Confederate flag.
Born in 1793 in Virginia, Houston was a pivotal figure in the history of Texas. Not only did he sign the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico, but he also served periods as President of the Republic of Texas, Senator for Texas after it joined the United States, and finally as governor.
"Are we to sell reality for a phantom?"Although married to a Cherokee, and a slaveowner and opponent of abolitionism, he refused, because of his unionist convictions, to swear loyalty to the Confederacy and thus had a decisive role in preventing Texas from seceding from the Union.
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.