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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
July 16, 1863


Journal of the House of Delegates
of the State of West Virginia

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

[passed bill about township meetings and elections, several bills on second reading, passed rule about not having bills on second reading until they have been printed and members given a day to read them unless urgent}

THURSDAY, July 16, 1863.

Prayer by Rev. J. T. McLure.

Journal read and approved.

Mr. Kramer, from the committee on Military Affairs, reported House Bill No. 31, entitled “A Bill for re-organizing the militia.”

Mr. Ross, from the committee on Education, reported House Bill No. 32, entitled “An Act accepting of the conditions of the act of Congress of July 5th, 1862, donating lands to the several States for the endowment of agricultural colleges.”

Both of which were respectively read the first time.

Engrossed House Bill No. 27, entitled “A Bill providing for and regulating township meetings and elections,” was taken up, read the third time and passed with its title.

The YEAS were - Messrs. Patrick (Speaker), Ballard, Barns, Bee, Boggs, Bumgarner, Copley, Crawford, Crooks, Davidson, Dawson, Dunbar, Dunn, Fleming, Foster, Goff, Griffin, Hagar, Hale, Hinchman, Holman, Keeney, Kittle, Kramer, Lamb, Little, Lough, Mann, McGrew, McWhorter, Michael, Rader, Robinson, Ross, Ruffner, Sheets, Sutton, Shriver, Sweeney, Teter of Barbour, Teter of Upshur, Turner, Van Winkle, Wheat, Wiant, Wright and Zinn – 47.

The NAYS were – None.

House Bill No. 29, entitled “An Act to provide for the issuing of grants where entries have been heretofore made,” was taken up, on its second reading, read the second time and laid upon the table.

House Bill No. 8, entitled “A Bill relating to emptions [sic] from military duty,” returned from the Senate with amendments, was taken up, the second, third, fourth, sixth and seventh amendments concurred in, and the first and fifth disagreed to.

House Bill No. 13, entitled “A Bill to provide for the trial of offences committed in counties in which the administration of justice may be interrupted by war or insurrection,” was taken up, on its second reading, read the second time and laid on the table.

A communication from the Senate announced the passage of Senate Bill No. 1, entitled “A Bill to provide Commissioners of Immigration,” and Senate Bill No. 2, entitled “A Bill regulating proceedings in criminal cases;” which were respectively read the first time.

On motion of Mr. Keeney,

Ordered, That the committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill appropriating the sum of sixteen hundred and thirty-three dollars, to pay Capt. Joel Cunningham’s company of Home Guards, in Jackson county, for services rendered the restored Government of Virginia.

On motion of Mr. Wright,

Ordered, That the committee on Claims and Grievances inquire into the expediency of exempting Cabell county from the payment of taxes for the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty-one.

On motion of Mr. Dunbar,

Ordered, That the committee on the Judiciary be requested to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill for the collection of debts due loyal citizens, where the parties owing the debts, who have lands or property in this State out of which such money could be made, are disloyal and have absconded.

Mr. Sheets offered the following, which he had previously given notice of his intention to offer, as a standing rule:

“No bill shall be put upon its second reading until the same shall have been printed and delivered to the members of the House at least one day previous to such reading.”

Mr. Van Winkle moved to amend by adding the words “unless in cases of urgency,” and it was agreed to.

On motion, the House adjourned.


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

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