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 Posted: Thu Dec 20th, 2007 08:42 pm
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Texas Defender wrote:
  What led to the secession of Virginia was Mr. Lincoln's response to Ft. Sumter. On 15 April, he demanded troops from Virginia to suppress the states that had already seceded. On the 27th, he ordered a blockade of Virginia, while it was still in the Union. On May 3rd, he ordered the occupation of Arlington Heights in Virginia. He then made preparations for a larger invasion of Virginia.

Not sure 'demanded' is the proper word here.
'Call' and 'appeal' are the actual words used, along with 'I deem it proper to say that the first service assigned to the forces hereby called forth will probably be to repossess the forts, places, and property which have been seized from the Union; and in every event the utmost care will be observed, consistent with the objects aforesaid, to avoid any devastation, and destruction of peaceful citizens in any part of the country. '
Arlington Heights was occupied just hours after the vote on May 23rd, not before the vote...

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