December 20, 1864
More About The Refugees. – The other day we made brief mention of the arrival in this city of a refugee and his family from the Valley of Virginia, and also made note of the kindness shown them by Mr. Geo. E. Wickham, that gentleman having provided the destitute refugees with lodging and provision immediately upon their arrival.
Mr. Wickham’s kindness did not stop there. Yesterday he secured a house for the unfortunates on a farm a few miles above the city, and provided them with an entire outfit of clothing, furniture, etc. They are now comfortably installed in a place which they can call “home.”
In connection with the above, we may remark that we received a letter yesterday from a subscriber in Hancock county, whose heart is evidently in the right place, enclosing one dollar for the relief of Mr. Huntsberry and family, the refugees referred to. The gift is a small one in itself, but it is big with kindness – it comes from a full and a free heart and is better than thousands grudgingly bestowed. Our correspondent writes: “I give according to my means, but if we would all give one dollar apiece, we could do much to help poor, suffering women and homeless children.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: Undated: December 1864