Arkansas and Tennessee Secession – Today In Southern History

6 May 1861 

On this date in 1861…

After U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s call for troops to subdue their sister Southern states, Arkansas and Tennessee seceded from the Union.

Other Years:

  • 1840 – A powerful tornado struck Natchez, Mississippi and killed 109 people.
  • 1851 – The Cherokee Nation opened a seminary (high school) for men in Indian Territory.
  • 1851 – The mechanical refrigerator was developed and patented by Dr. John Gorrie of Apalachicola, Florida.
  • 1864 – Confederate General James Longstreet was seriously wounded in the second day of fighting at the Battle of the Wilderness.
  • 1960 – U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960. 
  • 1994 – Paula Jones filed suit against U.S. President Bill Clinton, alleging that he had sexually harassed her as an Arkansas state worker in 1991.
  • 1999 – Scotland elected its first separate parliament in three centuries.

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