Texas and the Civil War

Texas and the Civil War (HMH2Q)

Location: Austin, TX 78701 Travis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 16.423', W 97° 44.332'

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Secession Convention

The election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 caused unrest and drastic action all over the south and in many Texas counties. Despite petitions, editorials and political pressure, Gov. Sam Houston refused to call a special legislative session to consider the position Texas should take on Dec. 3, 1860. A group of secession leaders took matters into their own hands and called on the people to elect delegates to a convention to meet in Austin on Jan. 28, 1861. Counties sent 177 delegates and the convention met in the Capitol from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4 and March 2 to March 25. A committee on public safety, with broad powers, acted for the convention between sessions.

By vote of 166 to 7, the convention adopted the ordinance of secession and called for a statewide election - the first state in the Confederacy to let voters have a direct voice. 108 of the 122 counties favored secession by a vote of 46,129 to 14,697.

The convention voted to join the Confederacy, send delegates to its congress, gear for war and raise troops to protect the frontier. When Gov. Sam Houston refused to take the oath supporting the Confederacy the convention replaced him with the Lieutenant Governor, Edward Clark.
HM NumberHMH2Q
Marker Number12693
Year Placed1965
Placed ByThe State Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 12:24pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 621303 N 3349789
Decimal Degrees30.27371667, -97.73886667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 16.423', W 97° 44.332'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 16' 25.38" N, 97° 44' 19.92" W
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Area Code(s)512
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 38 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701, US
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