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Mayfield in Graves County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Secession Abandoned

 
 
Secession Abandoned Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ken Smith, February 5, 2012
1. Secession Abandoned Marker
Inscription.  In May, 1861, delegates of seven Kentucky and twenty Tennessee westernmost counties, the Jackson Purchase, met in Mayfield. Belief in Southern cause, dissatisfaction with Kentucky adherence to Union and Tennessee delay joining South caused convention vote to secede and form a Confederate State. With Tennessee’s vote to secede, June 8, 1861, proposal abandoned.
 
Erected 1964 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 732.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1861.
 
Location. 36° 44.444′ N, 88° 38.127′ W. Marker is in Mayfield, Kentucky, in Graves County. Marker is at the intersection of South Street and 7th Street, SR 58 (U.S. 45), on the right when traveling west on South Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mayfield KY 42066, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. County Named, 1823 (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel Herschel H. Green
Secession Abandoned Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ken Smith, February 5, 2012
2. Secession Abandoned Marker
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(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Graves County Confederate Memorial (about 300 feet away); Daniel R. Merritt (1833-1907) (about 300 feet away); Operation Desert Storm (about 300 feet away); First Baptist Church (about 400 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Two Successful Raids (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mayfield.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Possibly only talked about secession.
Meeting from May 29th to May 31st, the delegates only "talked" about secession, not voting to secede. The Jackson Purchase region was supposedly the only section of Kentucky that almost joined the Confederacy.
    — Submitted March 26, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
 
Secession Abandoned Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ken Smith, February 5, 2012
3. Secession Abandoned Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 29, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 6, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 575 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 6, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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May. 27, 2022