"Before the fourth of March"
Speech of Miers W. Fisher, of Northampton County, in the Virginia Convention on March 2, 1861, printed in George H. Reese and William H. Gaines, Jr., eds., Proceedings of the Virginia State Convention of 1861 (Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1965), 1:338–339.
Two days before Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as president of the United States, Miers W. Fisher, of Northampton County, on the Eastern Shore, introduced two resolutions in the Virginia Convention. The first warned the United States government that any attempt to coerce any states that had seceded "would be the initiation of civil war." The second required the federal government to turn over to the "Southern Confederacy" its military installations in the states that had seceded. Fisher voted for secession on April 4, 1861, when a motion to secede failed, and again on April 17, when it passed.