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Roll Call of Vote on Secession

Union or Secession
  • Roll Call of Vote on Secession, April 17, 1861
On April 17, 1861, the Virginia Convention voted 88 to 55 to secede from the United States.
Related documents:
  • Ordinance of Secession (Enrolled)
    Ordinance of Secession (Enrolled Version)
  • First signed Ordinance of Secession
    Ordinance of Secession (First Signed Version)
  • Ordinance of Secession (Calligraphy)
    Ordinance of Secession (Calligraphy Version)
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Roll Call of Vote on Secession, April 17, 1861

Record of the Vote in the Virginia Convention on the Ordinance of Secession, April 17, 1861, Paul Mellon Bequest, Acc. 11637, Small Special Collections, University of Virginia.

At twenty minutes past 4:00 in the afternoon on April 17, 1861, the secretary of the Virginia Convention counted the votes of the delegates on the question of secession. Using an alphabetical list of the delegates that had been printed to record votes during the convention, the secretary tallied 88 votes in favor of secession and 55 against.