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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
September 1862


September 1
At a meeting held at the Mason County courthouse in Point Pleasant, resolutions were passed urging that officers of the 13th (West) Virginia Infantry should be Virginians.

At a meeting in Mason City, resolutions were passed supporting Lincoln's course of action and condemning the actions of Senator John Carlile, who had voted against West Virginia statehood.

Confederate troops under A. G. Jenkins reached Glenville.

September 2
Union officers surrendered Spencer to cavalry under Gen. A. G. Jenkins.

A skirmish occurred in Moorefield in Hardy County.

The annual conference of the Western Virginia District, Methodist Protestant Church was held in Independence, Preston County.

September 3
Confederate troops under Gen. A. G. Jenkins reached Ripley and took money from the U.S. paymaster.

Burglars unsuccessfully attempted to steal more than one million dollars from the government vault in the Custom House in Wheeling.

September 4
Confederate troops under Gen. A. G. Jenkins reached Ravenswood, from which Union forces fled, before crossing into Ohio.

Governor Pierpont returned from Washington, D.C. with reports about Union forces.

Reverend Edgar Woods from Wheeling was jailed for refusing to take the oath of allegiance to the Union.

Union and Confederate forces skirmished near Bunker Hill (Berkeley County).

September 5
Col. Thomas H. Ford, 32nd Ohio, assumed command of Union forces on Maryland Heights, across from Harpers Ferry.

Confederate Gen. A. G. Jenkins made a demonstration on Point Pleasant.

September 6
Confederate cavalry attacked outposts of the command of Gen. Julius White near Martinsburg.

Confederate Gen. Jenkins occupied Buffalo.

September 7
Union and Confederate forces skirmished near Darkesville (Berkeley County).

September 8

September 9
Governor Pierpont issued a proclamation calling for regular militia musters.

September 10
Confederate and Union forces collided at the battle of Fayetteville.

September 11
Union and Confederate forces skirmished at Cotton Hill and Gauley Ferry.

September 12
The Battle of Harpers Ferry began with artillery fire coming from Maryland Heights.

Fighting between Union and Confederate forces continued near Charleston, with skirmishing near Cannelton before Confederate troops reached Camp Piatt.

War meeting in Parkersburg prompted speeches by Col. Mulligan and Judge Boreman.

September 13
The 106th Militia Regiment was ordered to assemble at the Mason County Courthouse to aid Union forces in the Kanawha Valley.

The army of Confederate General William W. Loring captured Charleston and the Kanawha County Salt Works from the Union.

The fighting continued at the Battle of Harpers Ferry with reinforcements coming for the Confederacy.

September 14
The Battle of Harpers Ferry continued with General Stonewall Jackson positioning his artillery around Harpers Ferry.

Confederate Gen. W. W. Loring congratulated the army on its march to Charleston and victories in Fayette County.

Ripley was occupied by the advance of Col. Lightburn’s troops.

September 15
The Battle of Harpers Ferry ends with General Jackson capturing 12,500 Federal troops, which was the largest surrender of U.S. troops on American property until World War II.

September 16
Union troops arrived at Ravenswood and crossed the Ohio River.

September 17

September 18

September 19
The battle of Shepherdstown began with infantry and sharpshooters from Union General Fitz John Porter’s Corps firing on General William N. Pendleton’s unit.

September 20
The battle of Shepherdstown ends with the result allowing Lee’s army to retreat to safety in Virginia and ending the Maryland Campaign of 1862.

September 21

September 22

September 23
Rebel cavalry attacked Sutton.

Union troops crossed the Potomac River below Shepherdstown and captured weapons.

A military commission was appointed to investigate the circumstances of the Union abandonment of Maryland Heights and surrender of Harpers Ferry.

September 24
The Convention of the Governors of the loyal States in Pennsylvania, held at the request of the governor of the Restored Governor of Virginia and others, endorsed the Emancipation Proclamation, among other actions.

September 25
Union cavalry made a reconnaissance from Shepherdstown and captured two officers.

September 26
A skirmish was fought near Buffalo.

Union troops encountered Confederate troops in the Halltown and Charles Town area.

September 27
Union troops failed to capture Jenkins cavalry near Buffalo.

The women of East Wheeling prepared a dinner for the Union soldiers stationed at Camp Willey.

September 28

September 29
Union and Confederate troops skirmished near Glenville.

September 30
Three Confederate prisoners who served under Imboden were confined in the Atheneum. One was guarded by two of his brothers, who were Union soldiers.

Undated Events, September 1862


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