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


Wheeling Daily Intelligencer
December 12, 1864

The old Virginia legislature, still holding its sittings at Alexandria on the Potomac, has, we see by the dispatches, elected two Senators – one to supply the place of Bowden, physically dead, and the other to supply the place of Carlile, politically dead. Joseph Segar succeeds the former and Judge John C. Uunderwood [sic], the latter. Segar was a member of the 37th Congress, but his credentials were rejected last year upon his re-election, as were those of all the Virginia members – exactly on what grounds has never appeared. He is well known here and everywhere as an old habitué of the Richmond legislature – a Whig in politics – whose hobby was Eastern Virginia improvements at our expense out here, such as the James river and Kanawha canal which he expected to empty out near his hotel, at Old Point and thereby make a New York of that watering place. He will be remembered here chiefly for having read an audience to sleep at the Court House with along pamphlet shortly after the war.

Judge Underwood is just Segar’s opposite – a progressive and highly moral man – liberal in all his views, devoted to the Administration, and a sufferer.


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