Far from being a stronghold of secession in 1860, Texas gave substantial support to Constitutional Union Party candidate John C. Bell.
The Unionist spirit in Texas sprang from its First Citizen, the venerable Sam Houston.
Sam Houston…. had some emphatic words for the lunatics who took his proud state out of the Federal Union he fought so hard to join. Houston’s words are forgotten now as like-minded simpletons again push Texas into the realm of irrelevance.
“I beseech those whose piety will permit them reverently to petition, that they will pray for this union, and ask that He who buildeth up and pulleth down nations will, the mercy preserve and unite us. For a Nation divided against itself cannot stand. I wish, if this Union must be dissolved, that its ruins may be the monument of my grave…” Sam Houston 1860