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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
October 5, 1863


Wheeling Daily Register
October 6, 1863

A FEMALE of the “secesh” persuasion, named Maggie Murphy, was yesterday sent to Camp Chase. She was arrested some three weeks since, near Clarksburg, charged with attempting to burn a bridge on the Northwestern Virginia Railroad. When captured she denied the charge, but declared she was a Virginian and would stand by her friends, and do all she could to aid those in arms in the South.

Maggie is a young miss of about eighteen or nineteen years of age, rather good looking, and resided in Wheeling most of her lifetime. When the war began she left for Dixie, and it was not a great while until she was brought back, under a guard of soldiers, charged with cutting telegraph wires and giving information to the enemy. She was sent to Washington City, and after a few weeks’ imprisonment took the oath and came back to Western Virginia. About three or four months ago she was again arrested on a similar charge, sent to Washington, and released as before. She has been incarcerated in the county jail for the last three weeks, and will now be accommodated with quarters at Camp Chase.


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

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