Shiloh Poll Book, King George County, May 23, 1861, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Miscellaneous Election Records, 1861–1865, Acc. 23476q, Library of Virginia.
At the Shiloh voting precinct in King George County on May 23, 1861, a total of 130 men voted to ratify the Ordinance of Secession and 1 man voted against ratification. The poll illustrates how the vote was taken. Voters lined up and told the officials conducting the poll whether they voted for or against ratification, and the officials wrote the name of each voter in the order that they voted. The election officers tabulated the results and sent them to the secretary of the commonwealth in Richmond, who compiled the state totals. Of the total of 479 voters in King George County that day, the one man who voted against secession was Carolus Rollins, a twenty-two-year-old fisherman. The stamping "Rebel Archives" on the last pages indicates that this election return was one of many documents that the United States Army acquired in the spring and summer of 1865 after it opened an office in Richmond for the deposit of Confederate government documents.