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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 20: commencement of civil War. (search)
Government. the delegates all took the following oath:--we solemnly declare that we will support the Constitution of the United States, and the laws made in pursuance thereof, as the supreme law of the land, any thing in the Ordinance of the Convention that assembled at Richmond on the 13th day of February last to the contrary notwithstanding. So help me God. Room in which the Convention met at Wheeling. the Convention was organized by the appointment of Arthur J. Boreman, of Wood County, as permanent President, and G. L. Cranmer, Secretary. The President made a patriotic speech on taking the chair, and found the delegates in full Union with him in sentiment. The Convention then went to work in earnest. A committee was appointed to draw up a bill of rights, and on the following day it reported through its chairman, John S. Carlile. All allegiance to the Southern Confederacy was totally denied in that report, and it recommended a Declaration that the functions of all o