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November 4, 1864


Wheeling Daily Intelligencer
November 10, 1864

A Rebel Guerrilla Shot. A rebel guerrilla was shot to death at Charleston, Kanawha, on Friday last. He came into our lines some months ago at Charleston, and, pretending to have deserted from the rebel army, took the oath of allegiance. A short time afterwards he was captured with a gang of guerrillas who were robbing and murdering the Union people. He was tried by a military commission and sentenced to be shot.


Wheeling Daily Intelligencer
November , 1864

The Execution last Friday.

Private Wm. H. Bowyer was a member of Company H, 36th Virginia Volunteer Infantry; deserted the rebel army, and gave himself up to Capt. John Bowyer at Winfield, who administered the Oath of Allegiance to him. He remained around home awhile, stole a horse from his uncle, Capt. John Bowyer, and went into the rebel army. He was captured afterwards and tried by a military commission at Charleston, West Virginia, March 19, 1864, for violating the Oath of Allegiance, found guilty, and sentenced to be shot to death. The sentence was approved by the President of the United States, and ordered to be carried into effect. In obedience to orders from Headquarters, Department of West Virginia, he was executed on Friday, November 4, at 12 o'clock, M.


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

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