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Florida secedes

Union or Secession
  • "Florida has seceded unconditionally"
The governor of Florida informed the governor of Virginia on January 11, 1861, that Florida had seceded from the Union the previous day.
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"Florida has seceded unconditionally"

Telegram from Governor Martin Starke Perry to Governor John Letcher, January 11, 1861, Executive Papers of Governor John Letcher, Acc. 36787, State Government Records Collection, Record Group 3, Library of Virginia.

During the second week of January 1861, conventions in Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama voted to secede from the Union on succeeding days. This telegram from Florida governor Madison Starke Perry to Virginia governor John Letcher, January 11, 1861, informed Letcher that Florida had seceded the previous day. The notation "12/171. B." may have been made by the telegraph operator.

Telegram from Governor Martin Starke Perry to Governor John Letcher, January 11, 1861, Executive Papers of Governor John Letcher, Acc. 36787, State Government Records Collection, Record Group 3, Library of Virginia.
Received at Jany 11 1861 at _____ o'clock, ____ minutes. By telegraph from Executive Dept. Tallahassee. To Gov Letcher
Florida has seceded unconditionally by a vote of Sixty two (62) to Seven (7).
M. S. Perry
12/171. B.