Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
November 1861

November 1
In Fayette County, rebels on Cotton Hill, opposite the Union camp at Tompkins farm near Gauley Bridge, opened fire and were engaged by Federal troops.

November 2
Fighting continued at Cotton Hill.

Arthur I. Boreman wrote a letter to Gov. Francis Pierpont regarding concerns of residents along McKim's Creek in Pleasants County.

A skirmish erupted at Greenbrier River, near Camp Bartow.

November 3
Fighting continued at Cotton Hill, resulting in the death of a private from the Thirteenth Ohio Regiment.

Armed secessionists captured a train of twelve wagons at Jacksonville in Lewis County.

November 4

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November 6
The Thirteenth Indiana returned to Huttonsville from a 9-day scout, during which they skirmished with rebels in Webster County.

An election for offices of the Confederate States of America was held.

November 7
A battery of two rifled cannon opened on the rebel battery on Cotton Hill.

The First Virginia Regiment was presented with the regimental and national colors by Gov. Francis Pierpont at Wheeling.

November 8
Ella Poole of Wheeling, suspected of corresponding with rebels, left Louisville for Washington under the escort of a detective.

The Moccasin Rangers descended on Murraysville in Jackson County and took guns from the Home Guard.

November 9
A detail of pioneers from the Third Brigade (Union) completed work of bringing wagon beds and skiffs down Gauley Mountain to the New River in order to create crossing for troops.

The home guard in Jackson County engaged the Moccasin Rangers on Pond Creek.

November 10
Confederate troops under Col. John Clarkson raided Guyandotte in Cabell County, taking Maj. Kellian V. Whaley and other Union soldiers and citizens prisoner.

Eleventh Ohio Regiment troops under Col. De Villiers skirmished with Confederate forces at Blake's farm in Fayette County and, reinforced by the Second Kentucky, secured the ridge to that point.

November 11
Union troops and Ohio Home Guard arrived in Guyandotte as Confederate troops departed with their prisoners, and the town was burned.

Union troops pushed the Confederates back toward Cotton Hill.

November 12
Hearing news of Guyandotte, citizens of Moundsville attacked four secessionists and ordered all secessionists to leave town.

Troops under Brig. Gen. Henry W. Benham moved up the bank of the Kanawha River to Laurel Creek, where they skirmished with advance rebel pickets. Confederate forces under Gen. John B. Floyd retreated to Fayetteville.

November 13
Two cavalrymen were killed by rebels while on scout near Romney.

Benham reached Fayetteville, from which the Confederates had departed earlier in the day.

Maj. Kellian V. Whaley, who had been captured by Confederates in the raid on Guyandotte, escaped and eventually reached Ceredo.

Union soldiers skirmished with Confederates near Camp Bartow.

November 14
A skirmish took place between troops of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Ohio Infantry and and Confederates on the road from Fayetteville to Raleigh and again at McCoy's Mill, during which fighting Confederate Lt. Col. St. George Croghan was killed. Union troops pursued the enemy as far as Blake's Farm.

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November 18
Orders were issued for the withdrawal of the Confederate soldiers stationed at Camp Bartow.

Union troops of the 41st Ohio Infantry raided the farm of Confederate Colonel Albert Gallatin Jenkins at Greenbotton in Cabell County.

November 19
Union cavalry skirmished with the Moccasin Rangers in Wirt County.

November 20
Confederate General Thomas J. Jackson unveiled his plans for capturing Romney and stressed the importance of holding northwestern Virginia.

November 21

November 22
Confederate troops withdrew from Camp Bartow, with a portion of them stopping at Camp Allegheny.

November 23

November 24
Gen. Floyd's Confederate troops stopped their retreat and camped near Peterstown in Monroe County.

November 25
Delegate Samuel Woods of Barbour County delivered a speech on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates in Richmond, proclaiming that Confederate sentiment in his home county was increasing.

November 26
Delegates met in Wheeling to create a constitution for the new state. John Hall of Mason County was elected president of the Constitutional Convention and Ellery R. Hall of Taylor County the secretary.

Union troops crossed the Potomac River and seized several prominent Confederate supporters living in Shepherdstown.

November 27
Troops from the 11th Virginia Regiment under Capt. Simpson captured Pat Rafferty of the Moccasin Rangers while scouting along the Little Kanawha.

The Constitutional Convention determined the committees necessary to carry out its mission and the composition of those committees.

November 28
Citizens observed a day of Thanksgiving under a proclamation issued by Gov. Francis Pierpont.

Captain James L. Simpson and his troops, Company C of the 11th (West) Virginia Infantry, fought the Moccasin Rangers in Calhoun County.

November 29
According to the New York Herald, rebels at Harpers Ferry fired shells on the quarters of Twenty-eigth Pennsylvania. None of the men were hurt.

The Ladies Union Aid Society of Wheeling reported hundreds of clothing and monetary donations over the previous 6 months.

Several delegates to the Constitutional Convention proposed resolutions on aspects of government organization.

A meeting of the officers of the 4th (West) Virginia Infantry was held in Point Pleasant.

November 30
Union troops skirmished with Confederates near the mouth of the Little Cacapon River in Hampshire County.

Messengers rode into Romney with news that rebels had captured 8 teams and killed 2 men on the road to Moorefield.

The Committee on Fundamental and General Provisions made a partial report to the Constitutional Convention, and the Committee on the Legislative Department proposed creation of a committee to determine the boundary for the new state, which was approved by delegates. Delegates also discussed the matter of furniture for the convention, it having come to their attention that the furniture would be moved when the legislature came into session on December 2. Before proposing "two plain pine board tables" for general use, Chapman J. stuart of Doddridge County, commented, "Let them be placed around here as general tables that any member may be permitted to go to at pleasure. The proposition has this additional advantage, that it leaves the matter open, and any member of the Convention is at liberty to buy a table or desk at his expense; and I am very much in favor of his having that privilege," which produced merriment among delegates.

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