Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
January 30, 1864

The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer
February 1, 1864

THE FIRST WEST VIRGINIA CAVALRY:The mounted men of the First West Virginia Cavalry, about four hundred in number, arrived in the city on Saturday evening by the National road, and encamped upon the island. The horses appeared to be very much worn down and fatigued, but the men looked well and were in excellent spirits. All the men of the regiment now in this city have re-enlisted, and will receive a furlough of thirty days. Dr. Capehart, who has been the Surgeon of the regiment ever since it was organized, is now the Colonel of the regiment.

The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer
February 4, 1864


This veteran regiment, which originally went into the service under the command of Col. Anisansel, passed through our town on Friday evening last on their way to Wheeling, whence, those of them who have re-enlisted, are to be furloughed for thirty days to visit their homes before going into active duty again. Although they had been looked for several days the precise time of their arrival was known only a few hours previous to their arrival in town, and accordingly our people had no opportunity to give them such a reception as they would otherwise have done. The citizens generally displayed the stars and stripes from their houses, and as the war worn heroes of many a well contested field passed through our streets they were greeted by the waving of handkerchiefs and the approving enemies of the fair, who seemed to vie with each other in doing honor to the brave. The regiment bivouacked for the night in the grove of Major McFarland, west of the town, and left on Saturday morning for Wheeling, which point they reached the same evening.:Washington Reporter

Our readers are already aware of what the above regiment has been doing since their arrival in the city. Yesterday the members received a furlough and many of the men repaired to their homes, though quite a number still remain in the city.

Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: January 1864

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