American Civil War buffs are generally quite familiar with the reasons and causes of the secession of the southern states that became the Civil War and none too few are well versed in the political rationals of the times as well.
I thought I was one of those, resting on the laurels of my readings of the past 40 or more years of interest in that conflict and period of American history.
I thought that, up until a couple of days ago. Then, doing a count of Union and Confederate States as a bit of data for a future thread here, it finally struck me after all these years. A fact that has been out there in front of my nose all my life and I just never saw it, let alone read up on it to learn about it and try to understand it.
I never knew why western Virginians broke from their eastern Confederate state brothers and formed their own government to created the Union State of West Virginia during the Civil War. The only time in American history that a State was partitioned and a new State formed during a time of war. The question had just plumb evaded my inquiring mind for decades.
I've found some fascinating history by searching it up on the internet and many familiar names and battles that now begin to tie into my understanding of the American Civil War.
I'm not going to go on about what I read in websites, because they are all too brief and if you are really intersted, you can look it up yourself. This one is a good start: http://www.wvculture.org/history/statehoo.html
. My searches have allow me to find the titles of several books that I intend to find in the library. What I have read was fascinating and has whetted my appetite to read and learn even more.
It is forums like these on websites like this one that I can thank for continuing to increase my knowledge and understanding of history and more over, show me new areas to explore. One never gets too old to learn.
C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la guerre. - Pierre Bosquet, 1854