Browsing All posts tagged under »Virginia Convention«

Southern Unionist? Liar, liar, pants on fire!

July 17, 2012 by


In my exchanges, over the years, some folks have indicated that they thought some Southern Claims applicants were lying. Well, yes some were, but I have to ask… “How have you identified those who you think were lying?” It’s not always so easy. Sometimes, however, it’s painfully obvious… and one doesn’t have to read between […]

May 14, 1861… Day 2 of the First Wheeling Convention

May 14, 2011 by


I would be remiss if I made no mention of western Virginians in their efforts, during this time, 150 years ago. Of course, I also find it ironic that this weekend marks the 147th anniversary of the Battle of New Market… in which I can claim kin on both sides… two in the 62nd Virginia […]

Wise pushes Virginia over the edge

April 17, 2011 by


Morning of April 17, 1861… On the floor of the Virginia Convention, ex-Governor Wise put on quite a show. After drawing a horse pistol from his bosom and laying it on the table in front of him, he (according to a delegate present) “proceeded to harangue the body in the most violent and denunciatory manner. […]

“Important Speech of President Lincoln to the Virginia Commissioners.”

April 13, 2011 by


Washington, April 13, 1861 The Virginia Commissioners were formally received to-day. They presented the resolutions under which they were appointed. In reply to Messrs. Preston, Stuart and Randolph, the Commissioners, Mr. Lincoln said: – GENTLEMEN – As a commission of the Virginia Convention, now in session, you present me a preamble and resolution in these […]

John B. Baldwin on the threatened right(s?) of Virginians

March 31, 2011 by


From the Virginia Convention, Thursday, March 21, 1861… we catch Mr. Baldwin in the middle of his presentation to the members of the Convention (as documented by someone present)… She [Augusta County] was identified with every interest of the Commonwealth; and if there were extremes of opinion or prejudice in one quarter or another, Augusta […]


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