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Datebook: June 8 – Tennessee becomes last state to secede 150 years ago

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The Third Battle of Chattanooga, November 23–25, 1863

In a June 8, 1861 referendum, East Tennessee held firm against separation, while West Tennessee returned an equally heavy majority in favor. The deciding vote came in Middle Tennessee, which went from 51 percent against secession in February to 88 percent in favor in June. Having ratified by popular vote its connection with the fledgling Confederacy, Tennessee became the last state to formally withdraw from the Union.

Here’s Datebook for Wednesday, June 8

Murray State’s Trumpet and French Horn Summer Workshops start Sunday for middle and high school student instrumentalists. Trumpet players register with Dr. Eric Swisher at 270-809-6335. French Horn players register with Dr. John Dressler at 270-809-6445. There’s more at

LBL’s Homeplace 1850 presents Children’s Day: Colors on the Farm — Saturday from 9:30 to 4. Mother Goose Stories and group games begin at 10, 11, 1 and 3. See how natural dyes, minerals and plants from the forest created color for 19th century farm children and how colorful folktales entertained them. Admission is $4 ages 13 and up, $3 ages 5-12 and free for ages 4 and under.

The Calloway County Chapter of the American Red Cross benefits from the 5th Annual Children’s Tea Party – Dine with Disney – Sunday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Murray Woman’s Club House on Vine Street. Tickets are $25 per person at 270-753-1421. Enjoy a scene from Mulan, Jr., games and more.

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