August 17, 1863
Public Dinner And Pole Raising In Bethany. – On Saturday last the Union men of Bethany raised a tall pole, from the top of which a beautiful American flag, made by the loyal ladies of the place, was flung to the breeze. After the pole raising there was a public dinner, at which all the good things of the earth were provided, which were indulged in by all present. Several addresses were delivered and a good time generally was had.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: August 1863