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Secession is the only alternative

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  • Secession "is the only alternative now left"
  • Secession "is the only alternative now left"
On March 22, 1861, a group of 52 men in Grayson County concluded that the secession of Virginia was the only alternative left.
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Secession "is the only alternative now left"

Resolutions adopted by 52 men in Grayson County, March 22, 1861, Executive Papers of Governor John Letcher, Acc. 36787, State Government Records Collection, Record Group 3, Library of Virginia.

On March 22, 1861, a group of 52 men in Grayson County, in the mountains of southwestern Virginia, petitioned the Virginia Convention asking for immediate secession of the state and denouncing proposals for a compromise or a convention of border slave states. The petitioners sent their demand to the governor, and it was later presented to the Convention on April 13, 1861. Another and longer set of resolutions in favor of secession that was adopted in the county was read to the Convention on March 29. Although the petitioners on March 22 described the residents of the county as almost unanimously in favor of secession, the voters there had been deeply divided on the question on February 4, when they elected an opponent of secession to represent them in the convention.

Resolutions adopted by 52 men in Grayson County, March 22, 1861, Executive Papers of Governor John Letcher, Acc. 36787, State Government Records Collection, Record Group 3, Library of Virginia.

We the undersigned citizens of Grayson County Virginia believing as we do that the secession of the State is the only alternative now left us for protection, And that the sentiments of our county is almost unanimous for secession, do respectively pray and petition the convention to adopt the ordinance of secession imediately, or the people will take the matter in their own hands. We are bitterly opposed to calling a border slave state convention and are compelled to denounce its agitators
This the 22nd March 1861
ISAAC BRANSCOM
ALEX ALLEN
COLUMBUS TRIMBLE
HUGH ROBERT
W M BARKER
MARVILLE WARD
EDWIN BARTLETT
THOMAS BARTLETT
S. M. FULTON
MINITREE JONES SR
LINDSAY EDDS
MARK H. THOMAS
STEPHEN BOURN SEN.
A. G. P. GEORGE
O. PORTER
A. H. GREGORY
GEO. W. WARRICK
J. A. PAINTER
LEWIS F AUSTIN
LEWIS MCCONTER
RUFUS C. PERKINS
WM. B. HALE
PEYTON N. HALE
JOEL F. MCLEAN
JNO M MCLEAN
R. F. CARSON
W. A. CARSON
R F FRANKLIN
STEPHEN YOUNCE
G C HALE
JOHN COMER
STEPHEN THOMAS
of Elk Creek
ISAAC COPELAND
GEN H. EDDS
WM J. PAGE
A. WILSON
T. M. HALL
MARTIN HAIL
WM WRIGHT
GEORGE W MARTIN
MARTIN GAYE
GIDIAN HALE
LEWIS B HAIL
JNO E ROBERTS
WM M MITCHELL
GEO. W. WELSH
JOHN M. HALE
ELI C. HALL
CHESLEY WARD
WESLEY HALE
MARK CALAHAN
JAMES B GREGORY