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Chapter 12: West Virginia. Prior to 1861, the State of Virginia--the Old Dominion --extended from Chesapeake Bay westward to the Ohio River. This broad limit, however, gave her a defective boundary. The Alleghany Mountains, running through the very middle of the State, from northeast to southwest, completely bisected her territory into two divisions somewhat unequal in size, and greatly different in topographical features and character. East of the mountains, the land rises from a broad, low tide-water belt on the sea-coast, in a tolerably regular gradation of plains and plateaus, first to the Blue Ridge, then to the main Appalachian chain; west of the dividing crest, the country retains its mountainous characteristics, a succession of ridges and a medley of hills, till it reaches the Ohio River. Not alone through earlier settlement, but also by reason of climate, soil, and situation, East Virginia remained the region of large plantations, heavy slave population, and profitab
Chapter 12: West Virginia. Prior to 1861, the State of Virginia--the Old Dominion --extended from Chesapeake Bay westwa
nt, but also by reason of climate, soil, and situation, East Virginia remained the region of large plantations, heavy slave p s for export.
With preponderant population and wealth, East Virginia absorbed political power, and selfishly laid and expen the two sections of the State.
By the census of 1860, East Virginia contained 472,494 slaves; while West Virginia, with hal t fully and finally repudiate the treasonable revolt of East Virginia.
Circumstances favored their design.
Under Preside ort, determined to maintain themselves with forces from East Virginia.
To that end they now sent a few available companies, ardly be in doubt.
Under complete military domination, East Virginia voted to ratify; West Virginia, comparatively free, vo Hill.
The troops defeated are the crack regiments of Eastern Virginia, aided by Georgians, Tennesseeans, and Caro-linians O