Frank Moore, ed. Vol. 5. New York: G. P. Putnam, 1863.
The Convention of the Governors of the loyal States, was held at Altoona, Pa., in accordance with a request of the Governors of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Western Virginia. An address to the President of the United States was adopted, pledging their cordial support of the Government in the prosecution of the war for the restoration of the Union. The members of the Convention also recommended that a reserve army of one hundred thousand men for one year’s service should be called forth. They also indorsed the emancipation proclamation, and paid a full tribute to the valor of the army in the field.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: September 1862