Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
May 2, 1861

Richmond Daily Dispatch
May 10, 1861

Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.

Affairs in Monroe.

Sweet Springs, Va., May 2, 1861.

Old Monroe is all right : secession is in the ascendancy. Confederate and Palmetto flags are floating at every public place in the county. Monroe will go for secession overwhelmingly. The County Court has appropriated $10,000 for war purposes. A large Southern flag, nine yards by fifteen, is to be erected at the Red Sulphur Springs to-day. There are a few who condemn secession as a Democratic measure. If it is a characteristic peculiar to the Democratic party to stand up for the rights of the South, for equality and independence, I thank my God that I have ever been an adherent to the principles of that party; but I rejoice in the fact, that there is too much patriotism in the South for secession to define a party measure.

Col. John M. Rowan and Col. Wilson Lively are our candidates for the Legislature.--They are for Virginia's going into the Southern Confederacy.

Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: May 1861

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