"I shall be true to the Union"
Excerpt from an unsigned letter to the editor, dated April 5, 1861, printed in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, April 9, 1861.
On April 5, 1861, the day after the Virginia Convention voted in Richmond to reject a motion to secede by a vote of 90 to 45, an unnamed person in northwestern Virginia wrote to the editor of the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer. The writer had evidently been reading accounts of the debates in the Richmond newspapers. "Let others do as they may," he wrote (in what the editor described as "a good Union letter"), "I shall be true to the Union; and the pen of the historian shall never write me down as a traitor to my country."