In a statewide poll, Tennessee votes against holding a secession convention
Tennessee elected delegates for a secession convention and decided on whether that convention should go ahead. The results were startling as most Tennesseans voted for caution and the Union. Unionist candidates' votes outnumbered Southern Rights candidates three to one and voters decided not to assemble a convention in any case by a vote of 69,772 to 57,708. The state would eventually secede on June 8, 1861. (By John Osborne)
Daniel W. Crofts, Reluctant Confederates: Upper South Unionists in the Secession Crisis (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1989), 149.