Frank Moore, ed. Vol. 5. New York: G. P. Putnam, 1863.
Great excitement pervaded the town of Parksburgh, [sic] Va., caused by the report that a band of guerrillas was about to attack the town. The report was without foundation, but the citizens were so terrified that they tore up the flooring of the bridge across the Little Kanawha, and planted a cannon at their end of it. The City Council held a meeting and appointed a committee to go out with a flag of truce, and prevail upon the marauders not to burn the town. The money in the bank was removed to Marietta, Ohio. Numbers of persons fled from the town, and crossed over into Ohio.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: July 1862