In 1861, the Residents of Town Line, a tiny hamlet near Cheektowaga, voted to secede from the Union. Neither the United States nor the Confederacy recognized this secession, though one third of Town Line's male residents joined the Confederate army. Another third fled to Canada. The remaining third fought for the Union. Town Line did not formally rejoin the Union until 1946, when a vote was taken rescinding the Municipal Ordinance of Secession.