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The Unionists of western Virginia were still trying to secede from the seceders. On Tuesday, August 20, 1861, the Wheeling Convention passed an "ordinance of dismemberment" by a vote of 50-28, creating a new state to be called "Kanawha" out of 39 Virginia counties west of the Shenandoah Valley. The ordinance provided for an election on October 24 to choose delegates to a constitution convention. The voters would also choose between "for a new State" or "against a new State."