Considering I brought up the use of coercion in the referendum for secession in Virginia (and more specifically in Page County in the Shenandoah Valley) in yesterday’s post, I thought it might be interesting to ride with this topic a little more. Today, I’m laying out the raw numbers on the referendum for all of the counties of the Shenandoah Valley (including Berkeley and Jefferson County, which later became part of West Virginia; and Rockbridge County, which – though some consider it part – isn’t technically considered a part of the Shenandoah Valley under the definition of a “valley“). Incidentally, I questioned it yesterday, but it looks like Gods & Generals did the necessary research on the actual numbers of the vote in Rockbridge County.
- Augusta – 3,130 for secession; 10 opposed
- Berkeley – 508 for secession; 1,303 opposed
- Clarke – 553 for secession; 3 opposed
- Frederick – 1,503 for secession; 359 opposed
- Jefferson – 813 for secession; 365 opposed
- Page – 1,099 for secession; 4 opposed
- Rockingham – 3,012 for secession; 22 opposed
- Rockbridge – 1,728 for secession; 1 opposed
- Shenandoah – 2,513 for secession; 5 opposed
- Warren – 675 for secession; 3 opposed
I find the numbers opposed to secession in Berkeley County particularly interesting.
I have said it before, raw numbers can be deceiving. With that in mind, tomorrow, I’ll look at some other items related to secession and the referendum vote in the Shenandoah Valley.