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3. The third class consisted of the border slaveholding States, with Virginia at the head. A large majority of their people, although believing in the right of peaceful secession, had resisted all the efforts of the extreme men in their midst, and were still devoted to the Union. Of this there could be no better proof than the result of the election held in Virginia, February 4, 1861, for the choice of. delegates to her State Convention, even after the cotton States had all seceded. Appleton's Annual Cyclopaedia for 1861, p. 730. This showed that a very large majority of the delegates elected were in favor of remaining in the Union. Under these circumstances, it is easy to imagine what would have been the effect on the other Southern States of sending a feeble force of United States troops to Fort Moultrie at this critical conjuncture. Had collision been the consequence, and blood been shed immediately before the meeting of Congress, the other cotton States, from their wel