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Secession of the Southern States in the American Civil War

Order of Secession of the Southern States during the Civil War

After President Lincoln won the presidential election on November 6, 1860 running on the newly formed, anti-slavery, Republican party ticket, signaling further confrontation to the interests of the Southern states, the South Carolina legislature met on November 10, 1860 to discuss seceding from the Union and on December 20,1860, South Carolina became the first state to officially secede.

Ten more states followed. Four border states which were slave states did not secede (Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland, and Delaware) and part of Virginia chose to stay with the Union and became West Virginia (24 October 1861).

State
South Carolina
Mississippi
Florida
Alabama
Georgia
Louisiana
Texas
Virginia
Arkansas
North Carolina
Tennessee
Date of Secession
December 20, 1860
January 9, 1861
January 10, 1861
January 11, 1861
January 19, 1861
January 26, 1861
February 1, 1861
April 17, 1861
May 6, 1861
May 20, 1861
June 8, 1861

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