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September 14, 1863


Wheeling Intelligencer
September 25, 1863

From Jackson And Roane Counties – Horrible Murders By Guerrillas. – Mr. McWhorter, member of the House of Delegates, yesterday received a letter from a friend in Ravenswood, on the Ohio river, giving the details of three most horrible murders lately perpetrated by guerrillas in Roane county. The particulars are about as follows: On Monday evening of last week about thirty of these infamous guerrilla scoundrels went to the house of an old gentleman named Glaze on Spring Creek and murdered Marshal Glaze and John McMullen. Marshal Glaze, son of the old gentleman alluded to, and a soldier, had been staying at his father’s house for some days awaiting his discharge papers, he being in bad health. John McMullen, Stephen Glaze and some two or three other soldiers, from the 9th Virginia infantry were on their way home and stopped for the night at old Mr. Glaze’s. The boys went to bed in an out house. Some time during the night the guerrillas came to the house and demanded to know of old Mr. G. where they boys were. Although the old gentleman refused to betray the boys, the guerrillas by some means discovered that they were lying asleep in the out house, and immediately rushed upon them killing McMullen and Glaze at the first assault. The other two or three broke through the ranks of the murderers and succeeded in making their escape.

The guerrillas then went to the house of Mr. W. Noyes on Poca and attempted to persuade and then to force his black girl to go with them. The girl refused when she was deliberately murdered.

On the Tuesday afternoon following a squad of Federal soldiers, having heard of the outrages above mentioned, came down Spring Creek and shot Andrew Coteral and Emannel Westfall, two rebels who are charged with having aided and abetted the guerrillas.

It is said that old Jim Greathouse, Wylie Dick and Balus Dewees were with the guerrillas when McMullan and Glaze were killed. They were in this city as prisoners not long ago, but were released upon bail. The writer of the letter reflects severely upon the Federal Court for releasing these men who are almost certain to resume their old practices as soon as they get home. It is thought that there can be no peace in Roane county after this outbreak until one or the other of the parties are exterminated. They cannot live together.


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

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