The 16th president claimed secession was illegal yet, West Virginia was allowed to secede from the state of Virginia and was admitted into the Union “AS A SLAVE STATE” June 20 1863, six months after the Emancipation Proclamation. (The EP took effect in Jan. 1863). West Virginia continued practicing the peculiar institution until Feb. 1865
The admittance of WV was done without congressional approval and violates the Constitution, Article IV, section 3 which states: that…no new state shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other state…without the consent of the legislature of the state concerned, as well as the Congress.
West Virginia then proceeded to send Union regiments to fight Confederates soldiers; most of whom never owned any slaves…
We have been taught a very selective, distorted and politically correct form of history."