hat time the record was unbroken.
Beginning with South Carolina on December 20, State after State, meeting in convention, had with significant unanimity passed ordinances of secession.
Each successive ordinance was felt to be equivalent to a renewed declaration of war. The outlook was dark indeed, and, amid the fast gathering gloom, all eyes, all thoughts, turned to Virginia.
She represented the Border States; her action, it was felt, would largely influence, and might control theirs.
John Letcher was then governor—a States Rights Democrat, of course; but a Union man. By him the legislature of the State was called together in special session, and that legislature, in January, passed what was known as a convention bill.
Practically Virginia was to vote on the question at issue.
Events moved rapidly.
South Carolina had seceded on December 20; Mississippi on January 8; Florida on the 10th; Alabama on the 11th; Georgia followed on the 19th; Louisiana on the 26th, with Texas on Febru
nston's Last Volley at Durham, N. C., 174.
Keith, Judge, James, 144.
Kemper, General J. L., sketch of, portrait of, 260.
Kentucky Resolutions, 1798-9,9.
LaBorde. History of S. C. College, 141.
Lamar, C. A. C., 856; L. Q. C., 366.
Lane, General J. H., 112.
Lee, and Virginia, 15: Captain R. E., 217; General R. E., statue of 3, 123; cited, 21, 26; Confederate orders of, 81, 122; Wormsley's lines on, 101; tributes to, 121. 332.
Leopard, The, and the Chesaneake, 25.
Letcher, Gov., John, house of burned, 219, 297.
Lewis, M. D., Samuel E., 226.
Lincoln's emancipation proclamation, 85; tribute to, 121; did not advise payment for slaves, 124, 332.
Ludlow, General W. H., 84.
Lynchburg Campaign and Battle of 251, 279; rolls of companies from, Rifle Grays, Company A, 314; Rifles, Company E, 316; Home Guard Company G, 317; Jeff. Davis Rifles, Company H (all 11th Va.), 319; Wise Troop, Company B, 2nd Va. Cavalry, 320; Lee Battery, Company A, Braxton's Battalion Art