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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 militia of the line, do hereby certify, that pursuant to the order: of H. I. Samuels, Adjutant General of Virginia, I superintended the election of a Captain, one first and one second Leuitenant[sic], of one of the Companies of that Regiment, when the votes of all the members of the Company present being given viva voce, a majority was formed to be in favour[sic] of William Price for Captain, Hirman G. Pitman for first, and Benjamin F. Shafer for second Leuitenant[sic], who were thereby duly elected Captain and Leuitenant[sic] as aforesaid, of said Company, to fill vacancies created by the failure of the late incumbents to take the oath prescribed by law; that a majority of persons present voted, and that the election was fairly and justly conducted.

Given under my hand this 18th day of August, 1862.

Nathan H. Taft,

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

Militia Box 01, Folder 1A

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