nion in 1861
preparations for war
organization of troops in Western Virginia
the Unionist convention
organization of the State of West ViState of West Virginia.
The partition of Virginia was called by the Hon. S. S. Cox, one of the whimsical excesses of secession or vicissitudes of war.
The justification of the existence—the right to be—of the State of West Virginia was military necessity, but its Statehood has been achievedof that section which led finally to the institution of the State of West Virginia.
The citizens of Virginia inhabiting the western countiend regiments for Federal service.
The Unionist sentiment in western Virginia led to a meeting at Clarksburg, April 22d, one week after the on, polled May (fourth Thursday), was largely for rejection in western Virginia and almost unanimous for adoption beyond the mountains.
Theopposed it, declaring that the formation of a new State out of western Virginia is an original, independent act of revolution.
Any attempt to