July 25, 1862
A meeting was held at Knottsville, in Taylor county, on Tuesday, July 22, 1862, for the purpose of encouraging enlistments. About seventy-five of the voters of the neighborhood were present, comprising the best and most influential citizens of the county. Several speeches were made, three persons volunteered, and a subscription was taken up to pay volunteers a bounty. The people were loyal and in earnest, and determined to be free.
After the business part of the meeting was disposed of, the following resolution was offered and adopted without a dissenting voice:
Resolved, That the course in Congress of our Senator, John S. Carlile, in voting with the secessionists and secession sympathizers, in all or a large number of his votes; and also in opposing and voting against the admission of the new State, has neither met our wishes nor reflected our sentiments, and we hereby request him to resign a position which he has shown himself unworthy to fill.
The meeting then adjourned.
James Knotts, Prest.
Jacob Hall, Jr., Sec’y.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: July 1862