Clarksburg in Harrison County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“We intend… to… remain in the Union”
On April 17, 1861, the Virginia Secession Convention voted 88 to 55 to send the Ordinance of Secession to the people of Virginia for ratification. Delegates from western Virginia argued in vain against seceding from the Union then left Richmond under threat of bodily harm. After returning to Clarksburg, Unionist leader John S. Carlile called a public meeting in Harrison County. On April 22, almost 1,200 residents convened at the courthouse in Clarksburg to determine what course to take in this national crisis. From this meeting came the call for what would be known as the First Wheeling Convention on May 13, thereby setting the stage for West Virginia statehood. When the vote on the Ordinance of Secession was taken, the men of Harrison County voted against it 1,691 to 694.
John Snyder Carlile was a delegate from
(lower left) John S. Carlile Courtesy Richard A. Wolfe
(right) Broadside advertising the Unionist meeting of November 24, 1860 Courtesy West Virginia University Archives
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 16.742′ N, 80° 20.351′ W. Marker is in Clarksburg, West Virginia, in Harrison County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and South 3rd Street, on the right when traveling east on West Main Street. Touch for map. The marker is on the plaza of the Harrison County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Clarksburg WV 26301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson Monument (here, next to this marker); "Stonewall" Jackson (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. West Virginia Bow Flag Staff (a few steps from this marker); Clarksburg (a few steps from this marker); Combat Wounded (within shouting distance of this marker); The Immigrants (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson Birthplace (within shouting distance of this marker); Stonewall Jackson Birthplace (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarksburg.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 359 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 3, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.