"Vacate the seats of our unworthy public officials"
Excerpt from an editorial in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, June 11, 1861.
On June 11, 1861, a second convention in less than a month met in Wheeling, in northwestern Virginia. Archibald W. Campbell, editor of the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, summed up the business before the delegates. "We are in the midst of revolution," he wrote. "Our State authorities have sold out as the Jeff. Davis conspirators." The work of the convention, he advised, was to "vacate the seats of our unworthy public officials, and fill their places with trustworthy citizens."