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Virginians elect delegates to their secession convention

Virginia, 1857, zoomable map
02/04/1861
One hundred and fifty-two delegates for a Virginia Convention on the crisis were elected across the state.  Results indicated that extremists on both sides were in the minority and the great percentage of the newly elected favored caution or some kind of compromise.  The Convention met at the Mechanics' Hall in Richmond on February 13, 1861 and sat till May 1, 1861 having voted an Ordinance of Secession on April 17, 1861. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
 Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial History of the Civil War in the United States of America (Mansfield, OH: Estill & Co., 1866), 188.
Nelson D. Lankford, "Virginia Convention of 1861." Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. 10 Jan. 2011 <http://www.EncyclopediaVirginia.org/Virginia_Convention_of_1861>.

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