While Tennessee voters approved secession on June 8, 1861, I wish to use this as my reasoning that Tennessee was the last state to secede. There is an argument for a state other than Tennessee, but I believe it is considered by most that Tennessee was the last. Tennessee was greatly divided over this decision as most scholars will attest, and the town of Shelbyville (location of our SCV Camp 1620), in Bedford County, Tennessee, was heavily Union in its sentiments. The county of Bedford (smaller today than it was back in 1861-1865) was more evenly divided, but still contained numerous Jacksonian Democrats. Many of them were slave owners, but did not want to part ways with the Union. Of course, Tennessee was not the only Southern state with great differences on this matter.  There were several, but we need only look to northern Georgia, northern and central Alabama, and northern and central Mississippi to find large populations of pro Union families that wanted no part of secession. The hill country of northeastern Mississippi and northerwestern Alabama was a magnet of pro Union men who traveled to Glendale, Mississippi (Camp Davies-outside of Corinth, MS) to join the !st Alabama Union Cavalry. They rode or walked to get to Corinth after the battle of Pittsburg Landing (Shiloh) in April 1862 to enlist.

An interesting read that expounds on some Unionist Southerners is a book by Don Umphrey entitled Southerners in Blue – They defied the Confederacy.