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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
July 1862


July 1
Senator Waitman T. Willey moved to take up the West Virginia statehood bill

Secessionist women arrived in Philippi and were detained by a Union officer.

President Lincoln issued a proclamation that a lien be placed on the real estate of the states in insurrection excepting named counties of Virginia, which included most of present-day West Virginia.

July 2
Several members of the Mountain Rangers were captured in Calhoun County after a skirmish with soldiers from the 11th (West) Virginia Regiment.

July 3

July 4
The Fourth of July was celebrated in several counties.

July 5
Citizens of Tucker County met and passed resolutions regarding handling of guerrillas.

July 6

July 7
Senator Waitman T. Willey moved to take up the West Virginia statehood bill

July 8

July 9

July 10
At a meeting in the Randolph County community of Huttonsville, citizens passed a resolution stating they were willing to live under the laws of the United States government and would provide information on Confederate guerrillas to Federal commanders.

July 11
A Soldiers' Aid Society was organized in Wheeling, which included Governor Pierpont on the Board of Directors.

July 12
President Lincoln invited congressmen from the border states to the White House to appeal for their support of gradual emancipation.

July 13
A guerrilla raid captured groceries of Dr. Chapman in Roane County on the road between Spencer in Roane County and Ravenswood in Jackson County.

July 14
The West Virginia statehood bill was passed by the United States Senate by a vote of 23-17.

Border state congressmen, including John S. Carlile, signed a majority response to President Lincoln's appeal of July 12.

July 15
Some border state congressmen, including William G. Brown, J. B. Blair, and Waitman T. Willey, signed a minority response to President Lincoln's appeal of July 12.

July 16
Governor Pierpoint called for a creation of a unit from the Restored State of Virginia to be provided to the Union army to fill President Lincolnís call to arms for the nation.

July 17

July 18
A group of bushwhackers arrested in Logan County arrived in Point Pleasant in charge of Capt. J. H. Dayton.

July 19
The commander at Camp Carlile in Wheeling gave notice to people improperly wearing insignia of United States soldiers to cease or be arrested, and also to soldiers "on furlough" to report or be arrested.

July 20

July 21
A meeting was held in Marshall County to respond to the president's request for additional troops and at which a resolution calling for John Carlile to resign was approved.

July 22
At a meeting in Taylor County to encourage enlistments, a resolution calling for John Carlile to resign was approved.

July 23
A meeting was held in Wetzel County to respond to the president's request for additional troops.

July 24
A detachment of the Twelfth Ohio began a scout to Wyoming County.

July 25
Confederates raided Summersville.

Guerrillas shot a Wirt County magistrate and stole state muskets near Parkersburg.

John Carlile gave a speech at the Atheneum in Wheeling on the statehood question.

July 26
Governor Pierpoint spoke at a meeting in Wheeling regarding the president's call for more troops.

July 27

July 28
Residents of Parkersburg took action in response to false report of coming guerilla attack.

A mass war meeting at the county court session in Brooke County heard a speech from Gov. Pierpont and passed resolutions.

July 29
The town council of Point Pleasant approved the payment of $25 for each volunteer mustered into Union service in the corporation limits.

July 30
At a speech in Indianapolis, John Carlile blamed the decline for support of the Union in the South on "the determination of the abolitionists to change the purpose and objects of the war."

July 31
The military post at Ravenswood issued orders barring any secession assemblages in Jackson County and imposing other orders.

Auditor Crane and Governor Pierpont spoke at a war meeting at West Liberty, and resolutions supporting the war were passed.

Undated Events, July 1862


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