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 Posted: Thu Aug 17th, 2006 05:57 pm
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Longstreet,

A good point.

Whereas, in addition to the well-founded causes of complaint set forth by this convention, in resolutions adopted on the 11th of March, A.D. 1861, against the sectional party now in power in Washington City, headed by Abraham Lincoln, he has, in the face of resolutions passed by this convention pledging the State of Arkansas to resist to the last extremity any attempt on the part of such power to coerce any State that had seceded from the old Union, proclaimed to the world that war should be waged against such States until they should be compelled to submit to their rule, and large forces to accomplish this have by this same power been called out, and are now being marshaled to carry out this inhuman design; and to longer submit to such rule, or remain in the old Union of the United States, would be disgraceful and ruinous to the State of Arkansas.

Those states that leave prior to Fort Sumter made it quite clear to the world that they were leaving the Union over issues of slavery. The President's call for troops to supress the rebellion resulted in another wave of seccession. I suppose it could be argued that had Mississippi, South Carolina, etc., not left over issues of slavery there would have been no reason for Arkansas to depart.

Best regards,

Tom

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