Saturday, June 20, 2009
A New State
West Virginia became a separate state and was admitted to the Union on June 20th 1863. After holding the Wheeling Convention, fifty counties of Virginia that would become West Virginia broke away from the Confederate state. On April 20th 1863 President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that West Virginia would become a state in sixty days. It was one of only two states formed during the Civil War [the other state was Nevada] and the only state to formed by seceding from the confederacy.