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


Camp Brownstown May 25th 1863

JH Samuels Dear Sir I wosh (sic) to say unto you as a friend that this yong (sic) man that apears (sic) before you is a proper yong (sic) man in evry (sic) shape is well equp (sic) and in military (?) and wee can most assurdly (sic) Recormend (sic) him to as a brave man and afferur (sic) of talent and (?) you will pleas confer on ous a favor that you Commision (sic) him as Lient Colonel or major in this 1st Bat in Short do us a favor by so doing you Will Vary much oblige ous in

Yours forever
Capt Jos H Barker
X many others

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


Militia Box 1, Folder 14

West Virginia Archives and History