Even before a secession convention was called in Virginia, the state had declared that it was vehemently opposed to any type of federal coercion against the states that had already left the Union. In fact, the Virginia General Assembly had even passed a resolution in early 1861 opposing any type of federal coercion which they would resist by any means necessary. They considered federal coercion to be a violation against the rights of the states. In Arkansas, there was a significant pro-Union sentiment and the secession convention initially decided against withdrawing from the Union. However, the Unionists and other delegates all agreed that any type of federal coercion would be legitimate grounds for secession in the future. Subsequently, after Lincoln's call for troops to suppress the southern states, Arkansas voted to secede as it had previously stated. Therefore, slavery was not the only issue involved in regards to the secession of both ARK. and VA.