Post Reply 
Does a State have the right to secede?
08-21-2013, 10:59 AM (This post was last modified: 08-21-2013 11:15 AM by brtmchl.)
Post: #20
RE: Does a State have the right to secede?
The "secession" of western Virginia from the rest of Virginia could be viewed simply as karmic justice.


During the course of the American Civil War, the western counties of Virginia making up what is now West Virginia seceded from Virginia (which had joined the Confederacy) and became the 35th state of the U.S. Specifically, Unionist leaders in Wheeling set up a new state government for Virginia that was recognized by Washington. The new Virginia state government in turn voted to allow the western counties to secede. They did so, wrote a constitution, and were admitted to the Union as West Virginia. Support for the Confederacy and the Union was about evenly divided in the new state and guerrilla war lasted until 1865.

How does a Government decry Southern States for their attempt to secede, especially in the case of Virginia, then invade their borders for doing so; and then legally allow West Virginia to secede from Virgina and formally recognize its right to do so?

I understand that the formal government in Virginia was not recognized by the Union once Virginia cooperated in Rebellion against the Union. At the time of the Wheeling decision in early June, the Richmond Government had pulled representation from Washington, and the Wheeling government had sent Senators to represent VA. From a Federal legal standpoint, Wheeling was the legitimate government.

But at the time this must have seemed to Southerners completely Tyrannical and Hypocritical

" Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the American Government take care of him; better take a closer look at the American Indian." - Henry Ford
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 

Messages In This Thread
RE: Does a State have the right to secede? - brtmchl - 08-21-2013 10:59 AM
RE: Does a State have the right to secede? - Hess1865 - 08-24-2013, 09:04 PM

Forum Jump:

User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)