Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
August 1864

Wheeling Intelligencer
August 27, 1864

Brutal Murder.

Editors Intelligencer:

John C. Gilliland of Greenbrier county, was arrested and confined in a southern prison in the early part of the war for eight months, for his adherence to the laws of the United States; and was subsequently released and became a delegate to the first Legislature of West Virginia. He recently went to visit his family in Greenbrier, and I learn he was shot and almost instantly killed by some of the employees of Jeff Davis & Co., near his own residence. I hardly know what comment to make. I think the property of every rebel sympathizer in the neighborhood should be seized and given to the wife and children of Mr. Gilliland.

B. Griffin

Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: Undated: August 1864

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