I'm kicking myself. But here goes....... Everything I knew about comes from distant memory from something I saw on history channel years ago. A quick Google had this interesting link Statehood for West Virginia: An Illegal Act? www.wvculture.org/history/journal_wvh/wvh30-1.html The admission of West Virginia in the midst of a war was an unusual event in the ... The restored Union-oriented government of Virginia lived briefly and with little ... Actual statehood did not occur until June 20, 1863 but the creation of West ... So from what I read the state of WVA would have never happened if not for VAs preoccupation with union aggression and invasion. WVA succeeding from va was not only illegal from the commonwealths state law but was also illegal federally. They legality of the new state hood was questioned by most all even president Lincoln. Who himself was guilty of approval and directing of war crimes along with his secretary of war and Secretary of State.