Nashville, Tenn. E.G. Eastman, Public Printers, 1861. viii, 127, [1 blank] pp, plus a large folding chart printed to show strength of infantry companies [information left blank]. Later institutional cloth and old bookplate on front pastedown. Else Very Good.
This Confederate Imprint leads with Governor Isham Harris's Message of January 7, 1861, denouncing the North's "systematic, wanton, and long continued agitation of the slavery question," and its "actual and threatened aggressions." Deeply resentful of attempts to exclude slavery from the Western Territories, which were "acquired by the blood and treasure of all the States," he passionately urges alliance with Confederacy. But Tennessee did not secede until June 1861, the last State to leave the Union. West Tennessee heavily favored secession; East Tennessee was equally opposed. It came down to Middle Tennessee, which voted to cast the State's lot with the Confederacy.
The Acts include a referendum on calling a Convention "to consider the then existing relations between the government of the United States and the government and people of the State of Tennessee." Resolution Number 13, reflecting the State's substantial pro-Union sentiment, proposes a Convention of the slaveholding States to amend the U.S. Constitution to guarantee the protection of slave property in all the Territories, and otherwise to protect the security of slavery. The State's detailed Militia Law is also printed.
Parrish & Willingham 4129. Allen 5345. Item #37687