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This Day in Georgia History

February 01, 1861

Texas Seceded

A special convention in Texas voted to secede, subject to ratification in a popular election to be held on Feb. 23. Texas’ secession would mean that seven adjacent states from South Carolina to the eastern boundary of New Mexico now formed over 2,000 miles of contiguous territory governed by states that had withdrawn from the Union. Whatever other southern states did, there was now the potential for a viable southern confederacy, and delegates from seceded states readed to assemble in Montgomery, Ala. to form a new government.