Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
July 13, 1863

Official Records of the War of the Rebellion
Series 1, Volume 27, part 3, pp. 613-14, 707

Pittsburgh, July 8, 1863. (Received 3. p. m.)

Major-General Halleck:

Many of the three-months’ militia object to leaving the State. The question, however, is under consideration, and will be decided this afternoon. It is expected a portion of them will go as desired. The result will be telegraphed as soon as known.

W. T. H. Brooks,


Pittsburgh, Pa., July 15, 1863.
(Received 2.15 p.m.)

Hon. E. M. Stanton:

Out of three regiments ordered to West Virginia last week, one entire regiment (Colonel Gallagher’s) and one company of another regiment refused to go. I ordered the company to turn over its arms, equipments, &c., and report to the State authorities, which as been done, as the Government had no use for such troops.

On Monday, I reiterated the order to the regiment, and they obeyed it to the extent of going on the cars and leaving; but at Wellsville and other points, over 100 men left the cars, refusing to go farther. In the meantime, for other reasons, the regiment was ordered to return here. I now respectfully suggest that this regiment be discharged.

W. T. H. Brooks,

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

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