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Governor John J. Pettus of Mississippi calls for a state convention to consider secession

John Jones Pettus, detail
11/26/1860
Three weeks after the national election, Governor John J. Pettus of Mississippi sent a message to the state legislature calling for a state convention to discuss secession, appropriations for a military build-up in the state, and the appointment of commissioners to tour other slave states outlining Mississippi's position.  These actions were needed, he said, to avoid "Black Republican politics and free negro morals."  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Charles B. Dew, Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Cause of the Civil War (Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 2001), 22. 

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