Wheeling Daily Intelligencer
June 21, 1864
The Plummer Guards. – Captain Ewing, with the remnant of his company – the old Plummer Guards – arrived in this city yesterday morning. The boys are looking well. This company has done good service in this State, and has reflected credit on the old Keystone State.
From the Pittsburgh Commercial.
The Plummer Guards, Capt. Ewing, reached Wheeling on Monday, en route home. The Guards were recruited in this city in 1861, among the earliest companies under the call for 75,000, but, failing to get into service in Pennsylvania’s quota, entered into a Virginia regiment for three years. The Guards were originally organized by Capt. Alexander Hay, but that officer declining to enter the Virginia service, the company became virtually disbanded, but was subsequently organized under Capt. James D. Owens, its present Captain being First Lieutenant. Arriving at Wheeling, the Plummer Guards were attached to the 2d Virginia regiment, of which Capt. Owens was elected Major. Lieut. Ewing was promoted to the captaincy, which position he has held ever since. A short time after entering the service, the Guards were changed from an infantry to an artillery company, and during its term of service has participated in many battles, always acquitting themselves in a manner reflecting credit upon the State they represented. A number of the Guards re-enlisted for the war – the rest are on their way home, where they will receive a warm welcome. The company, when being organized, was materially aided by our patriotic fellow-citizen, Mr. Jos. Plummer, whose name they bear, and who, we believe, furnished them with a complete outfit in the way of clothing. It left this city over one hundred strong, and has been remarkably healthy, and suffered, in comparison with others, small losses in battle.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: June 1864