Lead: On January 28, 1861, the state of Texas seceded from the Union. It and joined the Confederacy the following March, but this action was not universally popular. Even Sam Houston was opposed.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: Immediately following the election of Abraham Lincoln in November of 1860, seven states from the Deep South left, viewing Lincoln’s election as a threat to slavery and the spread of slavery to the western territories. After the fall of Fort Sumter in April four more states departed, those in the upper south, bringing the Confederate total to eleven.