June 25, 1863
The Commandants of Regiments and Companies of Virginia Militia will immediately call their companies and regiments together, to be held in readiness to go to the field at an hour’s warning, and will provide such means as shall be effectual in giving notice to all. Arms and equipments will be furnished at the several places of rendezvous.
The enemies of our liberty and prosperity are again threatening our peaceful homes.
Citizen soldiers, stand by your firesides and defend them against the common foes of a free government.
You know the roads and the passes. – Show yourselves to be worthy of your sires who gave you the inestimable blessings of freedom and independence.
F. H. PEIRPOINT, Governor. WHEELING, June 15, 1863
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: June 1863