Charleston in Kanawha County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Erected 1965 by West Virginia Historic Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
Location. 38° 20.193′ N, 81° 36.966′ W. Marker is in Charleston, West Virginia, in Kanawha County. Marker is on Greenbrier Street (West Virginia Route 114) near Kanawha Blvd E (U.S. 60), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston WV 25311, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The 35th Star (within shouting distance of this marker); Executive Mansion (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 45th US Colored Infantry (about 500 feet away); Union Civil War Monument (about 700 feet away); Slavery in West VirginiaLimestone • Sandstone • Silica (about 800 feet away); Coal (about 800 feet away); Oil (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
Regarding State Capitol. Sectional differences in western and eastern Virginia fueled resentment and political divisions before the Civil War. The divisions soon became irrevocable after the convention in Richmond voted on April 17, 1861, for Virginia to secede and join the Confederacy. Far to the north of here, Wheeling,delegates of Virginia's western counties convened in June. They first reorganized and restored the loyal government of Virginia, and the then subsequently decided to create a new, loyal state from Virginia's western counties. In the midst of the conflict, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill creating West Virginia. On June 20, 1863, West Virginia became the only state born of the Civil War.
Wheeling became the state capitol - but not for long. In 1870, the seat of government moved south to
Charleston after former Confederates regained the right to vote. Lawmakers, however, concidered Charleston isolated and provincial (with a population of only 3,162), so the capitol
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 591 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 24, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 9, 10. submitted on October 5, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. submitted on May 25, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 16. submitted on May 24, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 17. submitted on February 12, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.