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Formation of West Virginia


Apr 22, 1861

Unionist leaders rallied in Clarksburg

Other events that happened on or around April 22, 1861

May 13, 1861

Unionist leaders summoned convention meet in Wheeling

Other events that happened on or around May 13, 1861

May 23, 1861

Decision for Virginia secession was to be ratified

Other events that happened on or around May 23, 1861

Jun 13, 1861

The Second Wheeling Convention began in the Wheeling Custom House

Jul 11, 1861

Battle of Rich Mountain pushed Confederates from the NW corner of the state

Other events that happened on or around July 11, 1861

Nov 26, 1861

West Virginia constitutional convention began meeting in Wheeling

1861

Convention changed the name to West Virginia and added five counties

Other events that happened on or around 1861

Apr 30, 1862

Four additional counties opted to go with West Virginia in a referendum on the constitution

Other events that happened on or around April 30, 1862

1862

President Lincoln decided in favor of statehood

Other events that happened on or around 1862

Jun 20, 1863

West Virginia entered the Union as the 35th state

Other events that happened on or around June 20, 1863

Aug 05, 1863

Legislature voted to admit Berkeley County officially into West Virginia


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