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


Coxs mills, Gilmer County
West Va July 18th 163[sic]

To his Excellency
A.J. Boreman Governor of West Va. enclosed you will find the return of an Election of the officers of a volunteer militia Co at the Town of Troy in the County of Gilmer, which I hope you may find it convenient to commision[sic] And acquire without delay, as our Situation is not only precarious but absolutely dangerous both as to our persons and property bands of rebbels[sic] are daily prowling through our neighborhood and commiting all kinds of detpredating[sic] as we are on the entire frunteer[sic] there bing[sic] no Federal troops betwen[sic] us and the confederate lines

At the Town of Troy is Hickert’s mills. which is run alternately By water and Steam as the nature of the case requires. This mill is the Sole dependance[sic] for grinding for all this region of county for a circle of 10 or 12 miles round especially in the dry Season by Stream if the mill Should be destroyed it would Almost ruin this county. If you could find it convinient[sic] to order about One third of the company Stationed at Troy alternately[sic], It would be nice— as a very Great favor. I would further remark that if this co is organising[sic] it is all important that they be Uniformed at as early a day as posable[sic] to prevent mistakes and accidents, as these men will do a great amount Scouting, I write in great haste my Son G. K. Cox will leave immediately for wheeling and will be the beaner[sic]. as even I remain yours [?] Philip Cox

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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