Category Archives: West Virginia

April 8, 1865: Sherman and Grant plan the end

Sherman, having finally heard from Grant after the fall of Richmond, repeats his plans in detail. He will pursue Johnston, with Grant pursuing Lee, hoping to push them together and corner them. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, … Continue reading

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December 3, 1863: No help from Meade

George Meade *********************************** Grant, as always, is not content to win territory; he wants to destroy Longstreet’s army, but unfortunately he has a line of retreat open through West Virginia. Halleck sounds a bit disgusted with General Meade for allowing … Continue reading

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December 19, 1862: West Virginia statehood

My Great-grandfather, Sampson Greenbrier Sites, who was 19 when he became a West Virginian. The Richmond Daily Dispatch treats the celebration of West Virginia’s statehood a bit sourly. Rejoicing over the “New State of Western Virginia.” The Abolitionists in Wheeling, … Continue reading

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August 11, 1862: All quiet in Hardy County, (West) Virginia

Samson Greenbrier Sites The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports in a brief item the status of Hardy County — they refer to it as a county in Virginia, but by now the Union would say it was in West Virginia, where … Continue reading

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November 28, 1861: Thanksgiving

There was no nationally standardized date for Thanksgiving in 1861, but twenty states declared it on Nov. 28. The Times reproduced the Thanksgiving proclamations of the Governor of New York and the Mayor of New York City. From the New … Continue reading

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July 29, 1861: Confederates don’t like secession

The Confederacy espoused the right of secession, but only insofar as it could be used to preserve slavery. Secession was a right of states, not of parts thereof — especially when those parts were controlled by non-slaveowners who had no … Continue reading

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May 13, 1861: Western Virginia — Convention begins at Wheeling

Western Virginians met in a convention in Wheeling on May 13, 1861, in an action that would ultimately result in West Virginia’s secession from the seceding state of Virginia. From the New York Times: The delegates to the Convention of … Continue reading

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