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Rebels At The Gate: Lee And Mcclellan On The Front Line Of A Nation Divided, by W. Hunter Lesser. Rebels at the Gate is the dramatic story of the first Union victories of the Civil War and the events that caused Virginians to divide their state. In a defiant act to sustain President Lincoln's war effort, Virginia Unionists created their own state government in 1861- destined to become the new state of West Virginia. (375 pages, 8.75 x 5.75, Paperback)