The Convention now in session in Wheeling has passed an ordinance for the Government of Virginia, declaring eastern Virginia or rather the Gov. Letcher, etc. in a state of insurrection & vacating state offices. The Convention is said to comprise a large amount of talent, Carlisle being the prominent man. They appear to act with deliberation, and under a solemn sense of their responsibility. Terrorism reigns in many parts of Virginia, in Tennessee, and indeed throughout the south. Union men fleeing for their lives, & sometimes not escaping at all. It is horrible.
Stephen Decatur was an American naval hero after whom many vessels have been named. The steamboat Decatur was the earliest American example of a coasting packet boat powered by a "screw" propeller.
In Wheeling, Virginia a meeting at the Custom House declared that the previous month's Secession by Virginia was void and that “the offices of all who adhere to the said Convention and Executive, whether legislative, executive or judicial, are vacated.” The western part of Virginia was asserting that in voting for secession, those officials in Virginia--from Governor Letcher on down--were abandoning their offices.
|Virginia's Governor Letcher|
|The Wheeling Virginia Custom House|