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

Gilmer County Va

I Philip Cox Adjutant of the 165 Regiment Virginia militia do hereby certify that on the 4th day of April 1862 at Dirsk Camp, in the Said County if Gilmer, I Superintended the the Election of a Captain and two Liutenants[sic] of one of the companies of that regiment. When the votes of all the members of the company being given viva voce, a majority was found to be in favor of Jonathan H. Burkm for Captain, and a majority was found to be in favor of George Griffith for first Lt and a majority was found to be in favor of James S Arnold for Second Lt. I therefore certify that the Said Johnathan H. Burk was duly elected captain of Said company and George Griffith Second first Lt and James S Arnold Second Lt if the said company To fill the vacancy caused by the former officers of Said compa ny failing to take the Several oaths presented by law and I further certify that a majority of the persons [?] vote were present, and that election was fairly and justly conducted. Given under my hand this 4th day of April 1862

Philip Cox Capt
Adjutant 165th Regt
Va ma

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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