Eastern Virginians complained of over-representation of Western Virginians for the amount of Taxes which they paid to the state. In a letter to the Richmond Whig on May 30th, 1851 an Eastern Virginian went as far as saying that the west was undoing what had been done by the revolution of 1776. Trouble persisted because of the differences over slavery within the state. Cries from both sides to divide the state were made up until the civil war. The western counties remained a part of the Union while the east seceded. West Virginia became an independent state in 1863. Similar troubles arose throughout the Border States because of disputes over slavery and power. Tennessee is the best example of this and was divided east and west over slavery.