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

Dec. 5 1863
West Union West V.a

Mr. Ephriam Bee

Dr. sir my men have on in other scout. I have done a pretty good business this time. They captured a lot of blankets – horse pistols & guns. Supposed to be rebel uniformes. They were found hid in the woods under floors. [?] which I am happy to inform are now in safe hands.

You will find enclosed ; all of which [?] except four that refused to take guns. I have I believe . Good men their places.

John H. Harris
Harrison Duckworth
[transcriber error – left out “H. E. Duckworth”]
Elias Tool

These are the four names that refused to take their guns.

Capt H. S. Sayre
Camp Comdg.m Doddrisge Co W Va Scouts

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

Militia Box 04, Folder 8

West Virginia Archives and History