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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
April 1862


April 1
Gen. Kelley issued General Order No. 1 regarding his assumption of command of the Railroad District.

Gen. Kelley issued Special Order No. 2 calling for a firing of guns of the 1st Virginia Volunteer Artillery on the arrival of the first through train from Baltimore on April 2.

April 2
One hundred guns were fired in honor of the arrival in Wheeling of the Baltimore and Ohio train from Baltimore.

April 3
Voters approved the constitution for West Virginia. At the same time, polls were opened in some counties for votes on gradual emancipation.

April 4
Gen. John C. Fremont ordered the arrest of Gen. Alfred Beckley.

Citizens of Pocahontas County, including the attorney for the Commonwealth, requested of Confederate Gen. H. Heth that the rangers be brought under his command and the law.

April 5
Guerrillas committing depredations in Braxton County killed a man near Bulltown and cut telegraph wires.

April 6

April 7
Marion County citizens gathered and passed a resolution urging the re-election of Governor Francis H. Pierpont.

Citizens in Mason County assembled at the courthouse in Point Pleasant to discuss anti-secessionist measures.

Gen. John Fremont ordered commanders, and troops not in the field, in the Mountain Department, to make efforts to destroy bands of guerrillas.

April 8
Two secessionists were shot by Union troops at Texas, Marion County.

General John Fremont led Union troops to Fayette Courthouse (Fayetteville).

April 9

April 10
Union General John C. Fremont marched his troops to Raleigh Courthouse (Beckley).

April 11
A Union detachment raided areas of Monroe County near Pack’s Ferry, resulting in several deaths, prisoners, and the destruction of property owned by Confederate supporters in the area.

A meeting in Boothsville, Marion County, passed resolutions against guerrillas.

Daniel Dusky and Jacob Varner, indicted for robbing the mail at Ripley, were brought into federal court in Wheeling.

April 12
Troops of Company A of the 6th (West) Virginia Infantry launched a raid to Valley River and Boothsville and killed a number of prominent secessionists.

U.S. Marshal E. M. Norton and U.S. Senator John S. Carlile had a fight on the streets of Wheeling.

The trial for Jacob Varner of the Moccasin Rangers was held.

April 13

April 14
A pro-Confederate man from Monroe County wrote to the Richmond Daily Dispatch to express his concerns about Union troops occupying and forcing a vote on joining the new state of West Virginia in Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe and Pocahontas counties.

The Mountain Department, U.S. Army, advertised for mules to be delivered to Gallipolis and Parkersburg.

Jacob Varner of the Moccasin Rangers was convicted of robbing the mail in Jackson County.

April 15
The county court in Berkeley County was prevented from convening by a local Union citizen.

C. B. Conrad of Gilmer County was made a prisoner in the Atheneum in Wheeling.

Daniel Dusky of the Moccasin Rangers was convicted of robbing the mail in Jackson County.

April 16
Guerrillas in Webster County attacked Union cavalry under Lt. Lawson.

April 17
A skirmish was fought on the Dry Fork of Holly River.

April 18
More skirmishes erupted along the Dry Fork of Holly in Webster County.

Samuel Crane delivered a speech in Point Pleasant on the importance of the Restored Government of Virginia.

An expeditionary force from the 36th Ohio Infantry arrived in Addison (Webster Springs).

April 19
Two detachments from the 10th (West) Virginia Infantry and a small body of cavalry joined the troops of the 36th Ohio in Addison (Webster Springs).

April 20
A detachment of 220 Union soldiers was sent to "scour thoroughly the infested Holly region."

April 21
The expedition headed by Major E. B. Andrews of the 36th Ohio reached Summersville.

A meeting was held in Upshur County to oppose guerrilla raids.

April 22

April 23
A skirmish was fought at Grass Lick in Hampshire County.

April 24
The steamer Eunice out of Wheeling was struck near Ashland by the Commodore Perry.

April 25
Gen. Alfred Beckley was sent from the Wheeling Atheneum to Camp Chase.

April 26
The U.S. Army advertised for certain workers to go to New Creek.

The findings and sentence of a military commission held in Charleston, providing for the execution of Henry Kuhl and Hamilton Windon at Sutton, were approved and confirmed.

The anti-guerrilla meeting in Upshur County that began on April 21 resumed and passed resolutions, including one calling for creation of a vigilance committee.

April 27
An expedition by the 11th Ohio to the Mud River resulted in a skirmish near Garrett's Mill.

When the steamer Commodore Perry landed in Wheeling, government officers served papers to seize it for sinking the Eunice.

April 28

April 29

April 30
Union General John C. Fremont released orders detailing how the Union army and the Restored Government of Virginia in Wheeling should prosecute Confederate prisoners.

Undated Events, April 1862


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