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Preston County Election Return

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  • Preston County Election Return, October 24, 1861
  • Preston County Election Return, October 24, 1861
On October 24, 1861, men in a Confederate military camp in Pocahontas County elected two delegates to represent Preston County in the third secession of the Virginia Convention to replace two delegates who had been expelled.
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    Charles James Pindall Cresap
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Preston County Election Return, October 24, 1861

Election Return, Preston County, October 24, 1861, Virginia Convention (1861: Richmond), Records, 1861–1961, Acc. 40586, State Government Records Collection, Record Group 93, Library of Virginia.

On October 24, 1861, five men from Preston County, in northwestern Virginia, who were in a Confederate military camp in Pocahontas County elected Robert Edwin Cowan and Charles James Pindall Cresap to represent their county in the third session of the Virginia Convention, in Richmond. They replaced William G. Brown and James Clark McGrew, who had been expelled for taking part in the Wheeling Conventions that restored the loyal parts of Virginia to the Union and took the first steps toward creating a new state. Also on October 24, 1861, voters in Preston County elected two men to represent them in the constitutional convention that met in Wheeling in November to draft the first constitution for the state of West Virginia.

Election Return, Preston County, October 24, 1861, Virginia Convention (1861: Richmond), Records, 1861–1961, Acc. 40586, State Government Records Collection, Record Group 93, Library of Virginia.

In pursuance of the Proclamation of the Govrnr of the state of Virginia dated the eleventh day of October 1861 An election was held at Camp Bartow on Greenbrier river Pocahontas county Virginia on the 24th day of October 1861 in the encampment of Confederate troops stationed at said place for members of the Virginia state Convention to supply vacancies in the representation in that body of certain districts and counties of the state of Virginia wherein Elections cannot now be held in the manner prescribed by law by reason of the occupation of said districts and counties by the public enemy. And we Henry Sturm Francis A Bradford and Jacob Poe Commissioners appointed by Col Edward Johnson Commander of the said Encampment to superintend said Election do certify that an election was held in the said Encampment on the 24th day of October 1861 for Delegates to represent the county of Preston in the Virginia state Convention in the places of William C. Brown & James C. McClure who were expelled from the said Convention which resulted as follows R E Cowan received four votes C D Cresap four votes all that were cast at said election And we do further certify, that all the persons then and there voting for such delegates were citizens and legally qualified voters of Preston County the County of Preston in the state of Virginia
Given under our hands this 24th day of October 1861