I am reminded of the 'third man in' rule. Letcher could have refused the request for troops without joining the rebellion.According to Virginia, the act of war occurred even before those events happened when Lincoln issued his Proclamation Calling for Troops to suppress the southern states. Governor Letcher of Virginia replied to the call for troops by responding: "In reply to this communication, I have only to say, that the Militia of Virginia will not be furnished to the powers at Washington, for any such use or purpose as they have in view.
Your object is to subjugate our Southern States, and a requisition made upon me for such object---an object, in my judgment, not within the purview of the Constitution, or the act of 1795---- will not be complied with. You have chosen to inaugurate Civil War, and having done so, we will meet it, in a spirit as determined as the Administration has exhibited towards the South."
More than a month after secession by the Convention, Virginia has agreed to become the capitol of the Confederacy and after Virginia state troops have attacked Federal military facilities and another state, do you find that surprising?
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