Undated editorial from a lost issue of the Clarksburg Western Virginia Guard reprinted in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, January 1, 1861
At the end of December 1860, the editor of the Clarksburg Western Virginia Guard published a denunciation of Virginians who wanted to call a state convention to deal with the secession crisis. The editor's references to Jacobins were intended to remind readers of the mob violence of the French Revolution, and the phrase "Yancey-Vigilance" committees referred to William Lowndes Yancey, of South Carolina, one of the best-known advocates of secession in that state. Should disunionists succeed in Virginia, the editor suggested the propriety of "adopting proper measures for forming a new State in the Union, or in other words to be ready to secede from Virginia the very moment that Virginia shall withdraw from the Union, believing that our interests of every kind, and that liberty, which is above everything else, to be more secure in the Union than outside of it." On February 4, 1861, voters in Clarksburg and Harrison County elected two opponents of secession to the Virginia Convention. One of them, John Snyder Carlile, later took the lead in creating the new state of West Virginia.