Here's a link to the website. https://sites.google.com/site/wvotherhistory/home Lefty, opposing the breakup of Virginia does not mean that they supported the Confederacy, many West Virginia Unionists opposed it, notable Sherrard Clemens and John Jay Jackson. As one senator, whose name I can't remember, said at the time something like "we have the power to create new states but not to put two back together", I wish I could find that quote again. There was no way to put things back, Virginia sent a 3 man delegation to Wheeling in 1867 to talk about reunification, but they were told it would not happen. After all, those men had created their own state and were enjoying all the perquisites of office, why would they want to give that up? And Virginia was a military district at that time, and tens of thousands of West Virginians were disfranchised, not only ex-Confederates, but anyone who had been in a Federal prison was disfranchised and southern supporters who had not been in the army. They did the best they could, they trashed the Wheeling constitution, which was a perfectly good constitution, but it was a symbolic act of retaliation, and it caused a lot of heartburn among the New State people. They then began electing all the ex-Confederates to office they could find. My whole point about this issue is not about legalities. My only concern is what did the people of West Virginia want. I will tell you uncategorically that they never wanted a new state or to separate from Virginia, no matter what differences they had with the east, and it was a lot of Unionists as well as Confederates who opposed Wheeling on this particular issue. There were more votes in Wheeling in 1863 for the Confederacy than there had been in all Ohio County in 1861.