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Which States Became the Confederate States of America?

By    |   Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 02:33 PM

The Confederate flag controversy is bringing the Civil War into the news, and many are taking a fresh look at the states which played a part in that war and what really caused brother to fight brother.

During December 1860, South Carolina was the first state to officially secede from the Union. State leaders claimed the federal government had violated the Constitution, and as a result would to leave the Union, according to its "Declaration of Causes of Secession," reprinted on the Teaching American History website.

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Pointing to the Declaration of Independence that assured the rights of "free and independent" states, South Carolina said the U.S. declaration assured that if any "form of government becomes destructive of the ends for which it was established, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government."

South Carolina went on to point out that the 4th article of the U.S. Constitution assured the rights of slave owners. "This stipulation was so material to the compact, that without it that compact would not have been made," the southern state's declaration said.

Soon after South Carolina’s secession, 10 more states rapidly followed to become a part of the Confederate States of America. In January, five jumped on board: Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana, according to Infoplease.

Shortly thereafter, Texas joined the Confederacy, followed by Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and lastly Tennessee.

The Confederate flag had 13 stars, though, and the final two stars represented Kentucky and Missouri, although those two slave-holding states never officially seceded.

While Kentucky and Missouri both attempted to stay neutral, Pres. Abraham Lincoln sent Union troops to each of the states to secure borders and drive out rebels, according to the "Historical Times Encyclopedia of the Civil War." Missouri would eventually join the Confederacy in the November 1861, but its "thriving pre-war economy" would be devastated as a result, the publication said.

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Delaware and Maryland, two other slave-holding states both decided not to join the Confederacy; the encyclopedia said although each state had slavery, it had become less important as their economies became more entwined with the North.

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