Union soldiers held a variety of opinions about the future of slavery, civil rights for African-Americans, and the equality of all people.
However, they may have been near unanimous about one issue.
Once a state entered the union, they could not leave.
Allowing secession because the losing side in a presidential election was dissatisfied with the results would end one of the world’s only republican democracies at that time.
The Constitution provides for elections for Federal offices every two years. Both 150 years ago and today the constitutional remedy is not secession but working to do better in the next election.
Anson Croman was probably very proud that his service in the Civil War settled the secession issue for as long as our nation exists. He would have no use for the modern Texas secession movement.
The Texas secession movement disrespects:
- The history of Texas
Sam Houston, a founder of the independent Republic of Texas and governor of the state of Texas in 1861 was removed from office for opposing Texas’s secession. After leading Texas to independence from Mexico, Sam Houston’s next goal was Texas’s admission to the union. He succeeded in 1845 and was brokenhearted when some Texans renounced his dream 15 years later.
- Their fellow Texans
The 3,294,440 Texans who voted for President Obama probably have no interest in leaving the union.
Texas does not have a positive history of protecting the civil rights of all of its citizens. Those who have benefited from Federal civil rights enforcement have no interest in secession.
In 1860 and 1861 Texas and the Confederacy paid a very high price for ignoring the anti-secession and pro-union sentiments of a significant number of their citizens. Among the 100,000 European-American southerners who served in the Union military, 2,100 were Texans. The modern Texas secession movement may be repeating the same mistake.
Texas splitting in five states
Along with secession, some Texans are promoting the idea that Texas has the right to unilaterally split into five states.
Under the Constitution, Texas has the same right as does every other state to negotiate with Congress to split into two or more states.
Ironically, the one precedent is from the pro-union anti-secession Virginians who in 1863 were allowed by Congress to split from Virginia to form the new state of West Virginia.
Probably a majority of people in the Appalachians from West Virginia, western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and northern Alabama were anti-secession. Regardless of their feelings on slavery and civil rights, they did not want to leave the union.
How the Texas secession movement helps the Democrats
If those involved in the Texas secession movement vote, they’d most likely vote for Republicans and probably never for Democrats.
Since secession is unconstitutional, the secession movement is an irrelevant waste of time and distraction with no chance of success.
Eventually many of those involved will become angry, bitter, hopeless, and marginalized. They may withdraw from the political process and cease voting.
As the Texas secession movement may ultimately be discouraging potential Republican voters from voting, it is actually in the best interests of the Democrats.
For more information:
With Stickers, a Petition and Even a Middle Name, Secession Fever Hits Texas By MANNY FERNANDEZ November 23, 2012, The New York Times
Civil War from the Texas State Historical Society
The Musbachs and Robinsons are direct line descendents of Anson Croman.