Two undated items from the Lewisburg Greenbrier Independent printed in the Staunton Spectator, January 29, 1861.
The Staunton Spectator of January 29, 1861, reprinted two items from the Lewisburg Greenbrier Independent urging the voters in that mountain county to support opponents of secession in the election of delegates to the Virginia Convention. A paragraph in one of the two brief articles began, "Cast your vote for one who will stand for the rights of Virginia in the Union; and declare your wish at the polls also, that the action of the State Convention shall be submitted to the people for ratification." Many Virginians who favored secession opposed requiring the convention to submit a decision in favor of secession to a ratification referendum. Samuel Price, an opponent of secession, received 1,385 of the 1,415 votes cast in Greenbrier County, and 91.2 percent of the men voted to require a referendum.