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Union men in Wheeling called a meeting for December 14, 1860, the anniversary of the death of George Washington, to "demonstrate our attachment to the time-honored principles of the Constitution."
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Union Meeting in Wheeling

Announcement in Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, December 14, 1860.

Union men in Wheeling called a meeting for December 14, 1860, the anniversary of the death of George Washington. Six weeks after the election of Abraham Lincoln as president of the United States and one week before South Carolina seceded from the Union, the men in Wheeling announced that "it behooves all who desire to preserve unimpaired the blessings of civil and religious liberty, that by our voice and action we should demonstrate our attachment to the time-honored principles of the Constitution and the patriotic efforts and labors of those who framed it in the comprehensive spirit of freedom." During the protracted secession crisis, men and women in many other Virginia counties and cities also held meetings to make their opinions known.

Announcement in Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, December 14, 1860.
UNION MEETING!
WE WOULD SUBMIT TO ALL FRIENDS OF our Federal Union in this perilous exigency of its existence, the necessity of giving some expression in reference to the present condition of political affairs.
Surrounded as we are by difficulties and dangers, such as have never before arisen in our past history as a Nation and people, it behooves all who desire to preserve unimpaired the blessings of civil and religious liberty, that by our voice and action we should demonstrate our attachment to the time-honored principles of the Constitution and the patriotic efforts and labors of those who framed it in the comprehensive spirit of freedom.
We would, therefore, suggest to our fellow citizens that no more appropriate day could be chosen for the occasion, that Friday, December 14th, at 7 o'clock P.M., at the Atheaeum, that being the Anniversary of the death of the Father of his Country. Thus the memories which cluster around the day, in view of this fact, will tend to solemnize our hearts while in the engagement of this duty to our country.
CHARLES MARSHALL,
JOSEPH L. FRY,
SAM'L OTT,
A. P. WOODS,
J. C. ORR
N. MCNAGHTON,
H. FORBES,
ALEX. MCCORTNEY,
HENRY CRANGLE,
ALONZO LORING,
R. CRANGLE,
and others.