West Virginia and Congress got the approval of the Virginia state government that the federal government recognized at the time.
But which wasn’t the real one, obviously, because one the feds approved of would never have been elected by the voters.
But the “recognized” state government was not the real state government. The real state government was part of the Confederacy.
Doesn’t mean it requires that....we didn’t get approval from King George when we all seceeded, now did we???
Secession means never having to say “please” and “may we” again.....