The maintenance of the Union is manifestly impossible
Resolutions adopted at a public meeting in Wytheville on December 10, 1860, printed in the Lynchburg Daily Virginian, December 17, 1860.
On December 10, 1860, six weeks after Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States and the week before South Carolina seceded from the Union, a meeting of men in Wytheville called for a state convention because "the aggressions, injuries and insults of the Northern States and people, to and upon the Southern States and people have at last reached a point which renders the maintenance of the Union manifestly impossible without a change in the feelings of the Northern people." Voters in Wythe County gave Democrat John C. Breckinridge a majority in the presidential election in November 1860 and in February 1861 elected a supporter of secession to the Virginia Convention. During the protracted secession crisis, men and women in many other Virginia counties and cities also held meetings to make their opinions known.