Texas Governor Sam Houston calls for all Southern governors to meet in conference at Austin
Governor Sam Houston of Texas was both adamant in his dedication to the Union and acutely aware that his fellow Texans were pushing to join the other lower slave states in secession. Hoping to cool the political atmosphere, he invited all the southern governors to meet in conference in Austin, his own state's capital. Not a single governor replied to his invitation. Texas seceded from the United States on February 1, 1861. (By John Osborne)
Eugene M. Wait, Opening of the Civil War (Commack, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 1999), 14.