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BY South Carolina military cadets as an act of deterrence, not war. Fort Sumter was a long, drawn out decision by the Confederate government to initiate war. Toombs warned Davis that would happen in the cabinet meeting they held together. Davis was willing to do anything to bring in the rest of the South-several states had already said that they would join the Confederacy if a shooting war broke out. They passed a resolution to do so weeks before Lincoln was even in office.
Only in the event of coercion.
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In many places, ballots were marked with colors. I remember reading about the Tennessee secession and how you could easily tell how a person was voting by the color of their ballot. That made it very easy to target those voters with the "Committees of Safety" and intimidate them. Many Union men were threatened or physically assaulted to keep those votes down.
That went both ways.

"Unionist "regional leaders were so successful in their efforts that by mid-May, secessionist faced such volatile hostility in much of the region that it became dangerous for them to speak publicly.*Knoxville*lawyer Oliver Temple recalled that "it was difficult to restrain the infuriated Union men from acts of violence against the disunionist. More than once the leaders had to restrain them from marching into*Knoxville*in a body and as they called it, 'clearing out the secessionists into the town.'"

John C. Inscoe. "Race, War, and Rememberance in the Appalachian South". pp. 109-110
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