Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
February 11, 1864

The Wheeling Daily Register
February 12, 1864


An interesting meeting was held in the Hall of the House of Delegates last night. Mr. W. E. Stevenson was elected President and Mr. J. H. Dis Debar appointed Secretary, when Dr. Joseph Parrish, the accredited representative of the United States Sanitary Commission to the Legislatures of the loyal States, proceeded to address the assembly on the objects and labors of the Commission.

The following resolutions were unanimously adopted:

Resolved, That this meeting of Legislators and citizens of West Virginia, endorse the principles and plans of the U. S. Sanitary Commission, and hereby recommend it to the hearty co-operation of the people of our State and country.

Resolved, That we regard the great Federal idea of the Commission by "which all soldiers of the loyal States, without reference to the States in which they may have been enlisted, are proper subjects for the equal sympathy and support of the people of the country.

Resolved, That all soldiers fighting, and falling by disease or wounds in defense of Constitutional liberty, are United States soldiers, and that all donations and supplies furnished to them either in field or in hospital should be given as U. S. supplies for U. S. soldiers fighting for the prosperity of the U. S. Government.

The Sanitary Commission came into existence soon after the commencement of the war. It was asked for by the Medical Bureau, approved by the Secretary of War and the President, and has acted in co-operation with them since that time. Its agents visit the whole army, and supplement the country in its various distributions, to sick and disabled soldiers in every branch of the service.

There is a Sanitary depot in Wheeling, under the care of C. T. Price, who is prepared to distribute to the hospital in this city, or to the sick and wounded of the army any where with a reach of this post, such comforts as may be needed, and asked for by the proper Medical or Post authorities.

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

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