Why Does West Virginia Still Exist?

Virginia failed to reunify after the Civil War

Grant Piper

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(Public domain)

West Virginia is unique in two ways. It is the only state with the word West in it (as opposed to North or South), and it is the only state to form out of another state during the Civil War. West Virginia was a secession born out of a secession. West Virginia left Virginia during the Civil War over the issue of secession. But…

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Grant Piper

Professional writer. Amateur historian. Husband, father, Christian.