May 23, 1861: Virginia Votes to Secede

On May 23, 1861 Virginia held its referendum on Secession.  The results were 132, 201 to 37, 451 opposed.  The referendum was voted down in most of the counties that would eventually form West Virginia, and the stage was set for a civil war within the Civil War in Virginia, as ultimately 29,000 Union troops would be raised in West Virginia.  Here is the text of the Ordinance of Secession approved by the referendum: (more…)

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March 15, 1861: Birthpangs of West Virginia

One hundred and fifty years ago, the nation was divided by a looming civil war.  Within the South there were pockets of unionism that were very unhappy with the trend of  events.  On March 15, 1861, the citizens of Harper’s Ferry and Bolivar voiced their unhappiness, unhappiness that would eventually lead to the creation of the new state of West Virginia in 1863. (more…)

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