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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
April 20, 1863


Wheeling Intelligencer
April 21, 1863

MORE PRISONERS. --- Thirty seven prisoners of war, two deserters from the rebel army, and two women, arrived in the city yesterday, in charge of Lieut. Smith of the 34th Ohio infantry, and were committed to the Athenaeum. The prisoners of war were lately taken near Fayetteville, above the Kanawha Valley.

The women are rather remarkable specimens of humanity. Their names are Elizabeth Hays and Miss Jennie De Hart. The latter is a rebel spy, and was arrested not long ago near Fayette Court House. The other is described as a very “bad egg,” who goes by the name of Peg Leg, and claims to be a resident of Charleston. These women created quite a sensation along the streets yesterday between the steamboat and the athenaeum. Miss De Hart, who is a red headed vixenish looking female, was very drunk. She cursed the abolitionists most outrageously and swung her bonnet about over her head, and charged around in a great fury. She struck the soldier who had her in charge two or three blows with her fist, and he was compelled to push her away with his bayonet.


Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: April 1863

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