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June 16, 1863

Wheeling Daily Intelligencer
June 24, 1863

Citizens' Meeting In Upshur County.

Editors Intelligencer:

At a meeting of a number of the Union citizens of Upshur county, at the Court House (being court day,) on the 16th of June, 1863, to take measures against any rebel raid which again threatens our country and citizen's property, and for the safety of our Union citizens and their property. Whereupon Samuel Wilson, Esq., was called to the Chair and N. B. Wamsley, Esq., was appointed Secretary.

The object was explained by N. H. Taft, Esq. The meeting being addressed at some length by Messrs. Taft and Major Farnsworth, with ability.

Whereupon the meeting adopted the following resolutions:

Resolved, That the Colonel commanding this place be requested to furnish the citizens of this county, arms and ammunition for the defense of our county and homes against the attacks of the rebels; and so far as this meeting can do so, we pledge the loyal citizens of Upshur to use the arms in co-operation with the military authorities in the public defense.

Resolved, That the county ought to be furnished with 500 stand of arms and the necessary ammunitions.

Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed to give recommendations to the Provost Marshal, to whom passes may be given. Whereupon E. J. Colerider, A. Poundstone, C. P. Rohrbough, J. L. Smith and N. H. Taft, were appointed said committee.

Resolved, That this meeting denounces the practice of petitioning for the release of the rebels now in Camp Chase, and that hereafter, any person or persons professing loyalty who shall so petition the release of any such as may be sent by the military authorities to said place during the present troubles, we will regard them hereafter as being in sympathy with such rebels.

Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be signed by the President and Secretary, and a copy forwarded to the Wheeling Intelligencer for publication. And be it further

Resolved, That this meeting now adjourn.

Samuel Wislon, Chr'n.
N. B. Wamsley, Sec'y.

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