Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
December 2, 1863

Official Records
Series I, Volume 29, part 2, p. 537.

Special Orders,
No. 72.

Hdqrs. Dept. of West Virginia,
Cumberland, Md., December 2, 1863.

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V. It appearing that there are 200 persons residing or remaining at and in the vicinities of Charleston, Fayetteville, and other points in the Kanawha Valley, and belonging to the families of soldiers in the service of the United States; of refugees from sections occupied by rebels in arms, and in some cases of citizens arrested and placed in confinement as dangerous to the Government, who are in a suffering and destitute condition, and that issues of subsistence stores to such persons are absolutely necessary, it is directed, in pursuance of authority given by the honorable Secretary of War, under date of April 22, 1863, that the chief commissary of subsistence of the Third Division of this department make such issues as may be necessary to supply to these destitute persons the needed and proper relief, the issues to be made under the direction of Brig. Gen. E. P. Scammon, commanding Third Division, who will decide as to the amount of issue, and, also as to the number of the persons to be benefited by this oder, should it hereafter vary from that herein indicated.

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By order of Brig. Gen. B. F. Kelley:

Thayer Melvin,
Assistant Adjutant-General.

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