Forming West Virginia


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Season 3, Episode 24. When Virginia decided to join the South, many Unionists in the western portion of the state were opposed to the move. The Lincoln administration wanted them to select representatives for “Restored Virginia,” maintaining the pretense that they were representing all of Virginia for the Union. But the Unionist political leaders were already imagining a secession of their own.

Chris Calton recounts the controversial history of the Civil War. This is the 24th episode in the third season of Historical Controversies. You may support this podcast financially at

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