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

West Virginia-
Gilmer County To Wit

I Philip Cox Adjutant of the 165 Regt Va m a do hereby certify that on the 18th day of july 1863; at the town of Troy in the said County of Gilmer; I superintending the Election of a captain and two Lieutenants of an Independendent composing of Volunteer Militia. At which Election the votes being given Viva Voce a majority was found to be in favor of John H. Bush for Captain; a majority in favor of David Heckert for first Liertenant and a majority in favor David H Steinbeck for second Lieutenant of Said company I further certify that the said John H. Bush was duly elected captain, David Heckert first and David H Steinbeck second Lieutenant of said company, and that said Election was fairly and honestly conducted, and that a majority of said company of 46 men was present and voted at said election. Given under my hand the day and date above. Philip Cox

West Va Gilmer County, July 18th 1863

I hereby certify that I am personally acquainted with each + every Individual of said Company + Know they are all loyal. given Under my hand this day and date above Philip Cox

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

Militia Box 05, Folder 1

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