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In Richmond, the Virginia Convention rejects secession in a decisive vote

Virginia, 1857, zoomable map
04/04/1861
The Virginia Convention, meeting at the Mechanics Hall in Richmond as a committee of the whole on the recently report of Committee on Federal Relations, were faced with an amendment that proposed an ordinance of secession, to be confirmed in a referendum.  The motion was overwhelmingly defeated on a vote of 89 to 45.  Thirteen days later, as events unfolded elsewhere , Virginia voted to secede from the Union.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), I: 20.
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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