Virginia Convention of 1861

February 13–April 11

Electing Delegates to the Virginia Convention of 1861

A special election in January 1861 allowed Virginia voters the opportunity to pick delegates to the convention. To the dismay of secessionists in Virginia and across the South, of the 152 delegates they elected, a solid majority were Unionist. Desire to leave the Union had never been as strong in the Upper South, and some Unionists speculated that Virginia’s example might even draw the wayward Deep South back into the United States. Read more about: Virginia Convention of 1861