Recently historians conducted an analysis of Timmons’ statement “was there manipulation of the vote in that election.” Dale Baum conducts a detailed data analysis of the 1860 Presidential election, the 1861 Secession referendum, and the 1861 Gubernatorial election. Since the result of secession referendum, Unionist claim “suspicions that a significant percentage of Texas voters might have been prevented from voting through trickery...
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...ly attachment to the Know Nothing Party, which possessed an anti-Catholic platform during the 1856 election. The evidence of shifting withing allegiance (factions) throughout this voting cycle provides, at least, one answer as to why Unionist failed to achieve dominance in Texas that resulted in a three to one vote for secession.
The secession referendum demonstrated that the citizens of Texas voted three to one for secession resulting in Texas seceding from the Union and joined the Confederacy. Following the secession referendum, those who supported the Unionist vote experienced repercussion from secessionist and the Confederacy throughout the state. The remainder of this paper discusses those effects by describing the actions of Unionist as they come to terms that Texas supported secession, joining the other Southern states in waging war on the Union.
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