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In Pennsylvania, mass Union meeting at the Carlisle courthouse resolves that secession is illegal

Borough of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1872, zoomable map
12/22/1860
 More than a hundred leading citizens of Carlisle, Pennsylvania had signed a call for a meeting supporting the Union.  That meeting took place at the courthouse with citizens from all parties in attendance.  County Judge James H. Graham offered a resolution that the law denied any right of any state to secede, local lawyers like Lemuel Todd, James Hamilton, and R.M. Henderson, all Dickinson College graduates, as was Graham, spoke for it, and the proposal was passed by acclamation.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Merkel Landis, "Civil War Times in Carlisle: An Address Delivered at Hamilton Library, Carlisle, Pa., February 12th, 1931," in Carlisle in the Civil War (Carlisle, PA: Hamilton Library and Historical Association, n.d.), 3. 

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