"If we should be attacked"
Staunton Spectator, May 21, 1861.
The county court in the western mountain county of Pocahontas appropriated money to arm the militia and purchase lances "for the women to fight with if we should be attacked." The county had elected an opponent of secession to the Virginia Convention in February 1861, but at the referendum held on May 23, 1861, that ratified the Ordinance of Secession an estimated 96.5 percent of the voters in Pocahontas voted for secession. In June 1863, Pocahontas County became part of the new state of West Virginia.