Union Meeting in Wheeling
Announcement in Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, December 14, 1860.
Union men in Wheeling called a meeting for December 14, 1860, the anniversary of the death of George Washington. Six weeks after the election of Abraham Lincoln as president of the United States and one week before South Carolina seceded from the Union, the men in Wheeling announced that "it behooves all who desire to preserve unimpaired the blessings of civil and religious liberty, that by our voice and action we should demonstrate our attachment to the time-honored principles of the Constitution and the patriotic efforts and labors of those who framed it in the comprehensive spirit of freedom." During the protracted secession crisis, men and women in many other Virginia counties and cities also held meetings to make their opinions known.