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Secession of Virginia


Nov 06, 1860

Abraham Lincoln elected president

Jan 07, 1861

A special session of the Virginia legislature was convened to consider secession from the Union

Jan 14, 1861

Virginia legislature authorized a Secession Convention to meet in Richmond

Jan 21, 1861

Virginia General Assembly adopted joint resolution stating that if differences between North and South couldn’t be settled, Virginia would join Confederate States of America

Feb 13, 1861

The Secession Convention, also known as the Virginia Convention of 1861, met in Richmond

Other events that happened on or around February 13, 1861

Mar 04, 1861

President Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural speech made clear his determination to bring the seceding states back into the Union

Apr 04, 1861

A vote for secession at the Virginia Convention failed by a two-thirds majority

Apr 12, 1861

Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor, South Carolina

Apr 17, 1861

Virginia Convention delegates voted 85 to 55 in favor of secession.

Other events that happened on or around April 17, 1861

May 07, 1861

Virginia formally entered the Confederacy

Jun 11, 1861

The Second Wheeling Convention met and proceeded to create the Reorganized Government of Virginia

Other events that happened on or around June 11, 1861

Jun 20, 1861

Francis H. Pierpont was elected governor of the Reorganized Government of Virginia

Other events that happened on or around June 20, 1861


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