At the outbreak of the Civil War, 40 western counties of Virginia remained loyal when the rest of the state seceded. West Virginia was admitted to the Union as the 35th state on 20 June 1863.
West Virginia (Armored Cruiser No. 5) was renamed Huntington (q.v.) on 11 November 1916, in order to free the name West Virginia for Battleship No. 48.