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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
July 10, 1863


Journal of the Senate
of the State of West Virginia

(Wheeling: John F. M'Dermot, Public Printer, 1863)

Friday, July 10, 1863

After prayer by Rev. Mr. Brockunier, the Journal was read and approved.

A message was received from the House of Delegates by the clerk, informing the Senate that the House had passed, and asked concurrence, in the following resolution:

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia, That it will proceed on Monday, the 20th day of July, 1863, at the hour of eleven o’clock, A.M., to the election of two United States Senators for the State of West Virginia.

On motion of Mr. McCann, the Senate took up and passed the joint resolution of thanks to the forces of Gen. Grant and Admiral Porter.

Ordered, That Mr. McCann inform the House of Delegates thereof, and ask concurrence.

On motion of Mr. Bunker, House Bill No. 8, “A Bill relating to exemptions from military duty, “ was taken up.

Mr. Burley offered to amend the same by inserting after the word “circuit,” in the first section of the words “and the only son remaining at home in a family where the father and one or more sons are in the army of the United States.”

Mr. Haymond moved to amend the amendment by inserting after the “son” the words “old enough to labor,” but this motion, as well as the original , was rejected.

The bill, as amended, was then read the third time and passed with its title:

Yeas—Messrs. Phelps, (President,) Atkinson, Bechtol, Bowen, Brown, Bunker, Burley, Carskadon, Copley, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Haymond, Mahon,Maxwell, McCann, Rollyson, Stevenson and Young—18. Nays—None.

Ordered, That the clerk inform the House of Delegates thereof, and ask their concurrence in said amendments.

On motion of Mr. McCann,

Senate Bill No. 8. “A Bill to provide commissioners of immigration,” was taken up, and read the second time.

The bill was then read section by section, for amendment.

Mr. Copley moved to amend the first section by inserting after the word “Grafton” the words and one for the town of Guyandotte, but the motion was lost.

On motion of Mr. Bunker, the first section was amended by striking out all after the word “State,” in the third line, to the word “who,” in the 6th line.

On motion of Mr. Farnsworth, the following words were inserted in lieu of those stricken out: “at such points or places as he may deem proper, and,”

Mr. Maxwell moved to amend the said section by inserting after the word “proper” the words within this State,” but the motion was rejected.

On motion of Mr. Stevenson, the second section was amended by inserting before the word “soil” in the 10th line, the word “education.”

Mr. Stevenson moved that the third section be amended by inserting after the word “duty” in the 17th line, the words “of any,” which was adopted.

On motion of Mr. Brown, the fourth section was amended by striking out all after the word “languages.”

On motion of Mr. Steveson, the following words were inserted in lieu of those stricken out: “to be posted at such public points as may be practicable.”

On motion of Mr. Atkinson, the word “said” at the beginning of the sixth section was stricken out, and the word “each” inserted; the word “that” was stricken out at the beginning of the seventh section; the word “that” was stricken out of the 1st line of the eighth section and “The” inserted;” and the word “That” was stricken out of the last line of the ninth section.

On motion of Mr. Stevenson, the words “before entering upon the discharge of his appointment, take an oath and execute,” were inserted after the word “shall” in the 1st line of the ninth section in lieu of the word “furnish.”

On motion of Mr. Brown, the ninth section was amended by adding at the end thereof, the following: “and be filed in the office of the Secretary of the State.”

On motion of Mr. Brown, the said bill was committed to the committee on Internal Improvement and Navigation.

And on motion of Mr. Haymond, the Senate adjourned.


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