Doc. 37.-Governor Harris's proclamation. June 24.
To all whom these presents shall come, greeting:Whereas, By an act of the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, passed 6th May, 1861, an election, on the 8th day of June, 1861, was held in the several counties of the State, in accordance therewith, upon the Ordinance of Separation and Representation; and also, whereas, it appears from the official returns of said election (hereto appended) that the people of the State of Tennessee have, in their sovereign will and capacity, by an overwhelming majority, cast their votes for “Separation,” dissolving all political connection with the late United States Government, and adopted the Provisional Government of the Confederate States of America. Now, therefore, I, Isham G. Harris, Governor  of the State of Tennessee, do “make it known and declare all connection by the State of Tennessee with the Federal Union dissolved, and that Tennessee is a free and independent Government, free from all obligation to or connection with the Federal Government” of the United States of America. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the great seal of the State to be affixed, at the department in Nashville, on this the 24th day of June, A. D. 1861.
Election returns — official.