Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
September 1863

September 1
West Virginia Congressman William G. Brown spoke in Philippi.

September 2
Citizens of Wetzel County met at the courthouse in New Martinsville.

Nineteen prisoners were paroled at the Atheneum in Wheeling.

Circuit court opened in Hancock County, and citizens gathered at the courthouse to hear speeches from congressional candidates.

September 3
Senator T. K. McCann of Greenbrier County, who also held a commission as captain, departed Wheeling for service in Kanawha County.

September 4
Skirmishes were fought at Moorefield and Petersburg Gap.

September 5
Two hundred troopers from the First New York Cavalry advanced from Martinsburg to Middletown, Virginia and captured Confederate mail and five stragglers.

September 6
A skirmish was fought at Petersburg.

September 7
A Confederate guerrilla was released on bail in Federal Court in Wheeling.

Members of Crothers' Battery held a sword presentation.

A skirmish was fought at Bath.

September 8
Jacob Blair and Daniel Lamb, candidates for a West Virginia congressional seat, spoke at the courthouse in Wellsburg.

United States District Court was held in Wheeling.

Skirmishes were fought at Beech Fork in Calhoun County and Sutton.

September 9
Citizens of Ohio County met at the Custom House to prepare for a mass Union meeting to be held in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

September 10
Judge John J. Jackson presided over Federal Court cases in Wheeling.

A meeting of senators and delegates from the 2nd congressional district met in the Hall of the House in Wheeling.

September 11
Captain John H. McNeill and several other Confederate captains surprised Union troops near Moorefield.

Members of the legislature from the 2nd congressional district met at the State Capitol in Wheeling.

September 12
A meeting was held in West Liberty to choose delegates to the county convention.

A Union force departed from Harpers Ferry and advanced into Loudoun County, Virginia.

A skirmish was fought in Roane County.

September 13
Union scouting expeditions were launched into Boone, Kanawha and Wyoming counties.

September 14
Confederate guerrillas killed two Union men in Roane County.

A skirmish was fought at Cheat Mountain Pass.

September 15
Two Confederate guerrillas were killed by Federal soldiers on Spring Creek.

One hundred troopers of the First New York Cavalry attacked Confederates at Smithfield in Jefferson County.

Citizens of Upshur County petitioned Gov. Boreman to permit an increase in the local militia.

September 16
Union soldiers stationed at Martinsburg marched up the Shenandoah Valley on a scouting expedition.

A skirmish took place at Smithfield.

September 17
Union soldiers stationed at Martinsburg marched up the Shenandoah Valley on a scouting expedition.

Twelve Confederates were confined at the Atheneum, while forty-five prisoners were sent to Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio.

September 18
A mass meeting was held in the Ritchie County community of Harrisville.

A meeting was held in Wheeling to plan for the defense of West Virginia.

Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs stayed at the McLure House in Wheeling.

Confederate guerrillas robbed and pillaged in Troy, Gilmer County, and took several prisoners.

September 19
Citizens of Gilmer County met at Cox's Mill to select delegates to the Moundsville Convention.

September 20
A skirmish was fought on Shavers Mountain in Randolph County.

September 21
Union cavalry advanced from Harpers Valley to Charlestown, en route to an expedition into the Shenandoah Valley.

A contested election between Ephraim Bee and Joseph H. Diss Debar for a seat in the House of Delegates was settled.

September 22
A meeting of Union citizens was held at the Doddridge County Courthouse in West Union.

September 23
A Union scouting party from Martinsburg advanced to Berryville, Virginia and captured Confederate mail.

September 24
A meeting of Union voters of Marshall County was held at the courthouse.

Two Confederate prisoners escaped from the Atheneum.

Citizens of Pocahontas County met at Clarksburg.

A skirmish was fought at Greenbrier Bridge in Pocahontas County.

September 25
A Union force of 100 soldiers was captured at Burnt House, near Beverly.

September 26
Citizens of Wood County met to appoint delegates to the Moundsville Convention.

A convention for appointing delegates to the Moundsville Convention was held at the Ohio County Courthouse in Wheeling.

A Union Convention for Hancock County was held at the courthouse.

September 27
Four prisoners were confined in the Atheneum in Wheeling.

September 28
House of Delegates

Six Union deserters and draftees were sent on the B & O Railroad to join their regiments.

Gov. Boreman issued a proclamation requiring the militia to be ready at a moment's notice for possible invasion.

September 29
Statehood leader Daniel Lamb resigned from the House of Delegates.

The officers of the 2nd West Virginia Mounted Infantry met at their camp in Beverly and passed resolutions expressing their grief regarding the death of Major Patrick McNally.

A group of Martinsburg women presented a flag to Rowan's Cavalry.

September 30
A congressional convention was held at Moundsville.

Undated Events, September 1863

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