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

Gen. E.P. Scammon

Sir we the undersigned citizens, residing at and near the mouth of Big Sandy Kanawha Co. West Va. Would respectfuly [sic] ask you to disband the company, commanded by Captain William King and occupying the vicinity, of if you should not think proper to disband it, then we ask you to remove it from our neighborhood. We make this request for these revenue reasons.

First, because the company is a great expence [sic] to the state of several governer [sic] without being a protector to the people. Secondly, because Capt. King draws rations as we are informed, from the goverment [sic] for eighty three (83) men, while he does no keep a fourth of that number in service and then sells & disperes [sic] of the rations for his own private benefeit [sic].

Thirdly, because he captures, and imp[?]erer, the property of citizens without giving any account therefore. and finaly [sic], we ask his disbandment or removal, because he permits his men to remain a great portion of their time at home, or at least out of the service, and then draws on the state for full pay.

Lewsi M Young Sr. [unreadable text] of the above
Thompson MGwinn. facts we offer as [unreadable text]
John D. Anderson . Valmetine Con.
[unreadable text] Kennedy . Jack Anderson
William [?] Kennedy . Cap. R. Williams
Lewis Woods . Wm Smith Dainel Loony
M. Woods . James Smith Edward Riley
Bermit[?] Rader . Isah Shambling
Thos Nutter. J.C. Riley
  Alex Woods
  King Thomas
  Riccell Ashley
  John Obrien
  Nichneas Man[?]m of
  Coopers Creek [unreadable text]

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

Militia Box 03, Folder 13

West Virginia Archives and History