June 25, 1863
A Severe Sufferer. – An old German gentleman, by the name of Geo. Gerwig, who resides in Braxton county, arrived in the city yesterday having in charge an insane daughter, en route for the insane asylum at Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Gerwig is 72 years of age and is a thoroughly loyal man. He owns in Braxton county six thousand and three hundred acres of land. During the last raid the rebels robbed him of sixty head of cattle, nine horses, four hundred bushels dried peaches, a large lot of hay, and in fact, everything he had. There is scarcely a good fence upon the farm and the accumulated wealth of twenty-five years has been destroyed and cast to the winds. He has two sons in the Union army. The boy who was killed by Kuhl and others about a year ago was an adopted son of Mr. Gerwig’s. It will be recollected that Kuhl and his companions caught the boy in a field and cut his head off with a scythe, for which they were court martialed and hung at Sutton. The daughter whom Mr. G. brings with him lost her reason in consequence of the troubles to which we allude.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: June 1863