Political Excitement in Accomack County
Report from the Norfolk Argus printed in the Richmond Daily Dispatch, February 15, 1861.
On February 4, 1861, voters in Accomack County, on the Eastern Shore, elected an opponent of secession, William Henry Bagwell Custis, to represent the county in the Virginia Convention. Supporters of secession were so disappointed that they requested former governor Henry Alexander Wise, a native of the county, and Miers W. Fisher, a member of the convention from neighboring Northampton County to represent their interests, instead. In the town of Pungoteague five days later, Custis and three other men were burned in effigy, one of them being the noted African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass.