Did Virginia and West Virginia secede from the Union?
Virginia seceded from the Union and West Virginia then seceded from Virginia. The Constitution has some very strict rules concerning States. Parts of states cannot join other parts of other states and form anew state. Complete States may not combine to form a new state. States cannot be divided without the consent of the original state. Because West Virginia was part of Virginia it could not secede from Virginia without Virginia's permission. Lincoln made it plain that states could not leave the Union so if Virginia never left how did West Virginia secede from it. During the Civil War the President and the Congress often worked outside the Constitution if it was what they desired.