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The Secession Convention of 1861


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Unionists successfully resisted secession in North Carolina until Lincoln's call for troops in April of 1861. Governor Henry Ellis, summoned the Legislature and called for the election of a convention to consider secession. That body met on May 20, and by the end of the first week of June the delegates voted to secede from the United States and elected to join the Confederate States of America. These steps included passing an ordinance of secession, general legislation dealing with the change in government, electing delegates to the Confederate Congress, secret sessions regarding the build-up to war with the Union, and numerous constitutional changes.
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