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December 1864

Wheeling Daily Intelligencer
December 13, 1864

Patriotism of Pocahontas County.

Beverly, W. Va., Dec. 5th, 1864.

Editors Intelligencer:

A few of us belonging to the Pocahontas State Guard, held an election in the county, the first since the reign of terror in 1861. We cast 21 votes at the State election and 23 at the Presidential election. - We were united for "Father Abraham." The county is almost depopulated of men, many of whom have come out and joined our army. It would do the soldiers of any State good to see the patriotism of those mountaineers and especially the women and children, who still reside there, a large majority of whom are true to the Union.

Those devoted women and old men begged us to remain in the county and protect them from rebel rule, and they would feed and support us out of their hard earnings. Although my old homestead - my native county - the Indian Queen of the evergreen mountains - Pocahontas has been overrun with Southern vandals for almost four years, still the love and attachment for the old Union in the hearts of the people has not abated. Mountain people will be free.

S. Young.

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