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Child of the Rebellion: West Virginia Sesquicentennial
Civil War Union Militia Correspondence


Virginia, Barbour Co.

I, Nathan H. Taft, Adjutant of the 139th Regiment Virginia militia of the line, do certify, that pursuant to and order of H. I. Samuels, Adjutant General of Virginia, I superintended an election of a Captain, and one first, and one second Lueitenant[sic] of one of the companies of that Regiment, when the votes of all the members present being given viva voce, a majority was formed to be in favour[sic] of Samuel W. Boyles for captain, Elias Channell for first and Harvey Poling, for second Lueitenant[sic], who were thereby duly elected captain and Lueitenant[sic] of said company as aforesaid, to fill vacancies created by the failure of the late incumbents to take the oaths prescribed by law; that a majority of the company was present and voted, and that the election was fairly and justly conducted.

Given under my hand this 18th of August, 1862.
Nathan H. Taft, Adjt.

Transcription by James Bailes, undergraduate student enrolled in Dr. Billy Joe Peyton’s Fall 2010 “Introduction to Public History” at West Virginia State University


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