Convention between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Confederate States of America, April 24, 1861, Virginia Convention (1861: Richmond), Records, 1861–1961, Acc. 40586, State Government Records Collection, Record Group 93, Library of Virginia.
On April 24, 1861, a six-member committee of the Virginia Convention signed an agreement with Alexander H. Stephens, vice president of the provisional government of the Confederate States of America, that Virginia would cooperate with the Confederacy pending ratification of the Virginia Ordinance of Secession and the Virginia Convention's ratification of the Constitution of the Confederacy. This agreement is called a "convention," indicating that it is a temporary or preliminary agreement pending the completion of a formal legal relationship between the two parties. In the margin, the signatures of convention delegates James A. Carter and Hervey Deskins, two of the five men named to examine the enrolled ordinances of the convention, verified the accuracy of the signed copy. In the autumn of 1861, the convention's second president, Robert Latané Montague (who was also lieutenant governor of Virginia) also signed the formal parchment.