Life NRA,SUVCW # 48,Legion 352
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|West Virginia provided the US 17-18 Regiments of Infantry, 8 Batteries of Arty and 6-7 Regiments of Cavalry. More troops than Rhode Island, New Hampshire or Vermont which were states well and truly in the heart of the situation. West Virginians who served certainly didn't think they were part of an illegally formed state but part of the US.
I don't think they saw the hypocricy; I think they saw themselves fighting to preserve & defend their country.