Editorial in Fredericksburg News, April 16, 1861.
Following the surrender of Fort Sumter, in South Carolina, on April 13, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln requested 75,000 militiamen, including 2,340 officers and men from Virginia, to put down the Southern rebellion. Governor John Letcher refused to comply with Lincoln's request. On April 16, the editor of the Fredericksburg News described Lincoln's actions as "The most convincing argument in favor of the secession of the Border States." The next day, the Virginia Convention voted to secede from the Union by a vote of 88 to 55.