February 17, 1865
WANTED TO GO FOR A SOLDIER.—Yesterday a man, apparently a native of the __ of the Sea, having had some difficulty with the wife of his bosom, (who appears to have gently protested against his making a whisky keg of himself,) determined in an act of desperation, to go for a soldier, and started in the direction of the Provost Marshal’s office. The wife, suspecting his design, started in pursuit, accompanied by young persuaders in the shape of as many flaxen haired little pledges of affection. The husband was overtaken on Fourth street. At first he declined to listen to the appeals of his wife, but at last the little ones climbed up his legs and tugged at his coat tails, when he melted and was led off captive as meek as was ever Captain Cuttle, mariner, in the custody of Mrs. McStinger. A committeeman from one of the sub districts of the county said the woman ought to be arrested for discouraging enlistments.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: Undated: February 1865