April 15, 1861 – Governor Isham G. Harris’ reply to President Lincoln’s request for Tennessee militia to support the Union

Executive Department
Nashville, Tennessee
April 15, 1861

Hon. Simon Cameron
Secretary of War
Washington, D. C.


Your dispatch of the 15th Inst. informing me that Tennessee is called upon for
two Regiments of Militia for immediate service is received.
Tennessee will not furnish a single man for purposes of coercion but 50,000 if
necessary for the defense of our rights and those of our southern brothers.
Isahm G. Harris, Governor of Tennessee

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