Zedekiah Kidwell to Governor John Letcher, January 8, 1861, Executive Papers of Governor John Letcher, Acc. 36787, State Government Records Collection, Record Group 3, Library of Virginia.
Writing to the governor on January 8, 1861, from Fairmont, in Marion County, in northwestern Virginia, Zedekiah Kidwell recommended a man for appointment to the board of a branch bank in Wellsburg, in the northern panhandle. The state owned stock in most of the banks in Virginia and was therefore entitled to representation on their boards of directors. Kidwell had been a candidate for presidential elector for Democrats John C. Breckinridge and Joseph Lane in 1860. In a postscript to his letter, Kidwell reported on a meeting in Marion County that may have been called to discuss separating some of the western counties from the state, but "lo it all turned out exactly the opposite. I have never seen more unanimity here for the South before." Nevertheless, on February 4, 1861, the voters in Marion County elected two opponents of secession to the Virginia Convention.