While the referendum vote on secession for the different counties of the Shenandoah Valley may reflect one thing (most especially to someone who doesn’t look beyond raw numbers), deeper probing into other numbers brings about a need to investigate even further. That said, the following is submitted for consideration in combination with my post from yesterday (keep in mind, the number of Southern Claims Commissions applicants has been quickly gathered from resources available on Footnote.com and may not be exact, but I do believe they are very close):
- Augusta County – 10 shown as opposed to secession through the referendum, yet 213 submitted applications to the Southern Claims Commission (see the Valley of the Shadow site for complete transcriptions of the claims from Augusta County).
- Berkeley County – 1,303 opposed; approx. 14 claims
- Clarke County –
153 opposed; approx. 3 claims
- Frederick County – 359 opposed; approx. 72 claims
- Jefferson County – 365 opposed; over 40 claims
- Page County – 4 opposed; approx. 30 claims
- Rockbridge County – 1 opposed; approx. 14 claims
- Rockingham County – 22 opposed; approx. 179 claims (see this site for some specifics about claims submitted from Rockingham County residents, as well as this series of books)
- Shenandoah County – 5 opposed; approx. 75/76 claims
- Warren County – 3 opposed; approx. 17 claims
With the exception of the counties in the northern Valley (Berkeley, Jefferson, Frederick and Clarke all having less claimants as compared to the number that opposed secession in the referendum), the numbers of applicants in the rest of the counties of the Valley exceed (sometimes significantly) the number shown as opposed to secession in the respective counties.
I’ll have a third set of numbers to add to these numbers tomorrow.