Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Apr 1, 2009
The Wheeling Constitution was forced upon the Virginians who wanted to seceed from the Union, as much as Virginians secession was forced upon the Unionists who wanted to stay loyal and were denied their rights.. Voting fraud, fear of violence at the polling stations, laws being created which tried to squash dissent against the Richmond government, ballot tampering. These were all the things that Unionists were experiencing also...Ned, just admit that you were wrong. The Wheeling Constitution was destroyed because it was forced upon West Virginians without their consent. The 1872 Constitution, which is the current constitution of the state, was brought into being because tens of thousands of West Virginians had become political prisoners in their own state. And when they finally got the vote back they put in place people like Samuel Price, Henry Mathews and Samuel Woods to give them an instrument of government they felt was their own. And this is the reason why Stonewall's statue is "in line with the vision, ideals and Constitution of West Virginia." Those men were his compatriots and some served under him.
The contents of the Constitution are not my concern, but the motivation in creating it speaks volumes about how West Virginians felt. The very fact that they were able to create it speaks volumes. It would take an earthquake to move that statue.
Thanks, most of my friends think they know too much about West Virginia too, so I understand your sentiment.