Why Did Virginia Secede?

Mackey’s new post at https://studycivilwar.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/why-did-virginia-secede/ is really a dandy. It is filled with his usual twisted history facts, something that doesn’t surprise anyone. Let’s take a look shall we.

For now I want to just skip the video he has posted and move to his first statement — Add to that the fact that the state didn’t publish official reasons for secession and our task takes some work to accomplish.

Not particularly any hard work Al, it is just your ignorance and laziness showing. Try this

Virginia Ordinance of Secession

April 17, 1861


To Repeal the ratification of the Constitution of the United States of America, by the State of Virginia, and to resume all the rights and powers granted under said Constitution:

The people of Virginia, in their ratification of the Constitution of the United States of America, adopted by them in Convention, on the 25th day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eight-eight, having declared that the powers granted them under the said Constitution were derived from the people of the United States, and might be resumed whensoever the same should be perverted to their injury and oppression, and the Federal Government having perverted said powers, not only to the injury of the people of Virginia, but to the oppression of the Southern slaveholding States.

Now, therefore, we, the people of Virginia, do declare and ordain that the Ordinance adopted by the people of this State in Convention, on the twenty-fifth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight, whereby the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified, and all acts of the General Assembly of this State, ratifying or adopting amendments to said Constitution, are hereby repealed and abrogated; that the union between the State of Virginia and the other States under the Constitution aforesaid, is hereby dissolved, and that the State of Virginia is in the full possession and exercise of all the rights of sovereignty which belong to a free and independent State. And they do further declare that the said Constitution of the United State of America is no longer binding on any of the citizens of this State.

This Ordinance shall take effect and be an act of this day when ratified by a majority of the votes of the people of this State, cast at a poll to be taken thereon on the fourth Thursday in May next, in pursuance of a schedule hereafter to be enacted.

Done in Convention, in the city of Richmond, on the seventeenth day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-one, and in the eighty-fifth year of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Sec’y of Convention.

From where I sit that looks pretty formal to me and it does list their reasons for secession.

The second point Mackey presents is a bunch of garbage about slavery. I am sure Mackey put some time and effort into defending his position, no matter how wrong it is. To be honest I do agree that slavery was an issue to secession for most states, as was other issues, however I stand firm on my statement that slavery was not the cause of the war.

Remember Mackey’s source, the video I skipped? Please also bear in mind I cannot hear well enough to watch the video. I can however read.  This video is found at http://civilwarscholars.com/2011/06/why-did-virginia-secede-dennis-frye/

down the page at 3:03 you find this statement — 3:03 – Well, really it was war, the outbreak of war. When Fort Sumter was fired upon by South Carolinians – and President Lincoln requested that all of those states still within the United States, contribute troops to squash the rebellion in the Southern States, that was too much. Virginia said: “Now, wait a minute, wait a minute. We can’t go fight our brothers in the South. We can argue against them. We can certainly disagree with them and their perspective on the new Confederacy.

Now wasn’t that easy?????


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