Virginia seceded from the United States on April 17, 1861. On May 23, 1861, Virginians headed to the polls to vote on the issue of secession. Louisa men went to the polls at Trevilian Station, Louisa Court House, Tolersville, and Thompson's Crossroads to vote on the "Ordinance of Secession." Louisa responded to the passage of this ordinance by sending more than one thousand men into uniform. At the beginning of the war, Louisa mustered six companies of about one hundred men each for military service. Louisa County and Virginia had cast their lot and would now face the victories and sorrows of the next four years.
Items related to local men in the Civil War that fit the Virginia SOLs.