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‘Stonewall’ Jackson’s Death Made Headlines in Wheeling

May 25, 2013

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an occasional series on the Civil War sesquicentennial provided by members of the Wheeling Civil War 150 Committee....

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rover1958

May-27-13 12:50 PM

The article makes note that, "Mysteriously, there was no mention in the May newspapers of plans for a day of celebration of our statehood on June 20."

This may well have been because Wheeling was the Capital of 'Restored Virginia' as well as the Capital of 'West Virginia' at the same time. There was a two month period from creation of West Virginia and the departure of 'Restored Virginia' , the latter moving to Alexandria, Virginia in August 1863. It would have been awkward, if not embarrassing, to 'celebrate' creation of West Virginia while two Governors and two separate governments sat in Wheeling for that short period.

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