Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
October 1863

October 1
A skirmish was fought near Harpers Ferry.

A convention was held in Grafton.

October 2
The West Virginia State Senate took up a bill for the establishment of a system for free schools.

October 3
The state legislature passed an act providing for the relief of William Nixon, Collector of Revenue for Wayne County.

A mass Union meeting was held in Morgantown.

October 4
The Reverend Alexander Campbell preached at the Disciple's church in Centre Wheeling.

October 5
Confederate supporter Maggie Murphy, who was arrested for attempting to burn a bridge along the Northwestern Virginia Railroad, was sent to Camp Chase prison in Columbus, Ohio.

October 6
Five Confederate prisoners from Braxton County and two deserters were confined in the Atheneum in Wheeling.

October 7
The state legislature passed an act dictating how lands sold for taxes and not redeemed were to be surveyed and conveyed.

Skirmishes were fought at Charles Town and Summit Point.

October 8
The state legislature of West Virginia passed an act altering the boundary between Ritchie and Gilmer counties.

October 9
Delegate Ephraim Bee of Doddridge County hosted an oyster supper for friends in the House and Senate at the Sprigg in wheeling.

The home of a Union supporter on Ten Mile in Harrison County was invaded by Confederate guerrillas.

October 10
A public meeting of the voters of Sand Hill in Marshall County was held.

A meeting was held in the Preston County community of Brandonville to select nominees for the upcoming election.

October 11
A skirmish took place at Salt Lick Bridge.

October 12
Daniel Lamb of Wheeling announced he was seeking re-election to the House of Delegates.

October 13
Confederate forces attacked a Union detachment at Bulltown in Braxton County, but were compelled to withdraw.

October 14
General Franz Sigel addressed the people of Wheeling at Washington Hall.

A skirmish was fought at Salt Lick Bridge in Braxton County.

October 15
A Union force captured 37 Confederates near Hedgesville.

October 16
The state legislature passed an act allowing merchants' licenses to be transferred.

October 17
The West Virginia state legislature passed an act altering the terms and rules of the First Circuit Court.

October 18
Confederates under General John D. Imboden captured a Union force at Charles Town in Jefferson County.

October 19
The state legislature passed an act providing for the appointment of revenue collectors in counties without a sheriff.

October 20
Five Confederate deserters were released from the Atheneum and sent to Ohio.

October 21
Congressman Jacob Blair addressed a Union meeting at the Ohio County Courthouse in Wheeling.

The state legislature passed an act to appropriate funds for removing sick and wounded soldiers.

Twenty Confederate prisoners captured in the Kanawha Valley were confined in the Atheneum.

October 22
A Union force captured Boone Courthouse.

October 23
An election was held for congressmen and state legislators.

October 24
The wife of State Auditor Samuel Crane was struck and killed by a train in Ritchietown.

October 25

October 26
A skirmish was fought at Ravenswood.

Seventeen Confederate prisoners and two Federal deserters were confined at the Atheneum.

October 27
The state legislature passed an act creating the Code of West Virginia.

October 28
In the State Senate, a bill to alter part of the division lines between Webster County and Randolph, Nicholas and Greenbrier counties was read for the third time but laid on the table.

October 29
A resolution of inquiry on the subject of "declaring the slave families of slaves, who volunteer in the service of the United States, free from involuntary servitude."

October 30
Twenty-seven Confederate prisoners were sent from Wheeling to Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio.

October 31
Union citizens of Pleasants County met at the courthouse in St. Marys.

A Senate committee recommended passage of a House bill calling for the admission of Jefferson County into the state of West Virginia.

Undated Events, October 1863

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